In 2009, Congress passed legislation directing the National Park Service to determine the feasibility of designating the Northern Neck of Virginia as a national heritage area.
That feasibility study has now been completed, and the Northern Neck has met all evaluation criteria to be eligible for designation as a national heritage area.
National Heritage Areas are places where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes. Unlike national parks, National Heritage Areas are lived-in landscapes. Consequently, National Heritage Areas entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.
For more information and details of the study’s findings, download the Northern Neck National Heritage Area Feasibility Study
Additional documentation of the study can be found here.