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Tappahannock is the oldest town in Essex County, Virginia, United States. The population was 2,375 at the 2010 census, up from 2,068 at the 2000 census. Located on the Rappahannock River, Tappahannock is the county seat of Essex County. Its name comes from an Algonquian language word lappihanne (also noted as toppehannock), meaning "Town on the rise and fall of water" or "where the tide ebbs and flows." In 1608 John Smith landed in Tapphannock but was driven back by the local Native American tribe.HistoryIn 1682 a local man, Jacob Hobbs, established a trading post in the now extinct Rappahannock County . This area became known as "Hobbs Hole". The town comprised divided into half-acre squares. The port was established at Hobbs Hole and called "New Plymouth", later changed back to the Indian name "Tappahannock". As part of the Tobacco Inspection Act of 1730 public warehouses for inspection and exportation of tobacco were established at Hobbs Hole.The Tappahannock Historic District and Sabine Hall are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.On February 24, 2016, the town was hit by a large EF3 tornado causing massive damage.Tappahannock is in Virginia (VA). Our United States road trip site combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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