2015 has been an exciting year for Port Royal, Virginia. From the opening of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the construction of a beautiful new pier and landing, to the opening of new businesses, Port Royal is experiencing quite the resurgence. This morning I walked the trails of the Wildlife Refuge, following deer tracks in the soft earth, and listening to the birds playing in the leaves underneath the trees. It was a peaceful stroll and one worth taking if you’re a fan of that sort of thing.
I also visited the newly opened Port Royal Trading Post. This beautiful antique gallery is the sister store of Glory Days in Newburg, Maryland. Like Glory Days, the Trading Post isn’t merely an antique mall. Inside the gallery you will see things that you just won’t see anywhere else. Offering a wide selection of antiques from multiple periods of American history, you could easily spend a few hours browsing their wares without losing interest.
After leaving the Trading Post I noticed more construction underway down 301 across the street from the Port Royal Museum. I spoke with the gentlemen there who told me that Memory Lane Antiques, previously located in downtown King George, will be moving in to Port Royal as well. For those unfamiliar with antiquing, having two or three antique stores in town is a great thing for local businesses. While folks might not drive 30 or 40 miles to visit one antique store, they will drive those distances to spend the day shopping at multiple stores. With Bo’s Market and Horne’s already established at the corner or 17 and 301, the addition of the Trading Post and Memory Lane, will make Port Royal a destination for those who love antiques and collectibles.
Those making a day out of antiquing in Port Royal won’t be disappointed with their dinning options. Shoppers can choose between Anthi’s Family Restaurant, Horne’s, or my personal favorite, River Haven which overlooks the Rappahannock River and which prepares the best Maryland Crab Soup this side of the Potomac.
Things are looking up in Port Royal.
Born and raised in Baltimore County, Maryland, Port Royal has always been in my life. My parents, whenever they’d manage a summer vacation without the kids, would drop my brother and I off with the grandparents at Horne’s, so I’ve watched Port Royal grow over the last 36 years, and it’s looking better today than ever.
Nancy Long, Port Royal’s outgoing Mayor, has just been elected to Caroline County’s Board of Supervisors. Let’s hope she does as wonderful a job for Caroline County as she’s done for Port Royal over the last ten years. I’m confident she will.
Growing a business identity in Port Royal will do a great deal to encourage tourism to an old Virginia town with a rich and fascinating history worth sharing with folks from all over Virginia and Maryland. Increased tourism revenue will also be a boon to Port Royal and Caroline County as a whole.