300th Anniversary 

 

It is indeed an exciting time to be a King George County resident!

Known affectionately as the “Gateway to the Historic Northern Neck,” King George is celebrating 300 years since its founding with myriad exciting community events in 2019 and 2020.

Founded in November 1720, King George County’s tricentennial is being planned by the 300th Anniversary Planning Committee, an informal commission composed of members from the Tourism Advisory Committee, County staff, private citizens, and Gravatt Entertainment, an event planning company.

As of this writing, several events have already taken place.
All have been very well attended and are free to the public.

Founder’s Day Proclamation

The annual Founder’s Day Proclamation was held on November 15, 2019, at UMW Dahlgren. This catered event featured many guest speakers including Congressman Rob Wittman and Captain Michael O’Leary, Dahlgren Commanding Officer.

Holiday Magic and Christmas Tree Lighting

The Holiday Magic and Christmas Tree Lighting was held on December 8, 2019 (postponed from December 1 due to weather.)
Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Bueche flipped the switch to light the huge pine tree – and what a beautiful sight it was!

Commitment to Education

On February 10, 2020 the Commitment to Education event was held at King George High School. Special guest speakers included former NFL standout (and King George High School graduate) Jermon Bushrod.

SMOOT Library 50 Years Celebration

King George County is not alone in celebrating its birthday. On February 29, 2020 the SMOOT library celebrated 50 years with a wonderful catered reception, silent auction, and live jazz band.

James Madison's Birthday Celebration

King George’s favorite son James Madison also celebrated a birthday on March 14, 2020. What better place to throw a party than his birthplace Belle Grove Plantation at Port Conway. President James Madison and First Lady Dolley both made an appearance for the guests. A special birthday cake by Mary’s Cakery was a big hit as well! 


Because of the Virginia Governor’s temporary ban on public gatherings, several events had to be canceled/postponed. Below is a list of the events and their status as of this writing. 


(Note: all rescheduled dates, cancelations, and event updates can be found on the
King George 300 Facebook page)

Oct 17, 2020 Evening Under The Stars

Location: Backporch Vineyard
6pm – 9pm
Backporch Vineyard, 16595 Wilmont Road, King George VA, 22485

STATUS: SCHEDULED  

Light up the Sky

Location: King George High School
6pm – 9pm
King George High School, 10100 Fox’s Way King George VA 22485

STATUS: SCHEDULED  

Sat, Oct 10, 2020 King George Fall Festival

Location: King George High School
10a – 4p
This now-legendary event kicked off in 1959 – the Fall Festival has become a yearly county tradition.

STATUS: CANCELLED 

Sat, Nov 14, 2020 300th Anniversary Grand Finale

Location: King George Family YMCA
2-6pm
A gathering and celebration of the 300th Anniversary will look back on the year’s events with special guests, videos, live music, great food, and more!

Black Tie optional.
No photos

STATUS: CANCELED

Sat, Sep 19, 2020 King George 300th Celebration

Location: Dahlgren Naval Base, (Dahlgren Parade Field)
4p – 9:30p
A grand celebration of all things American!

There will have something for every family member:

LIVE MUSIC BY THIRD STREAM GIANTS & MORE!

FOOD TRUCKS! GAMES AND INFLATABLES! FIREWORKS DISPLAY! VENDORS!

-The following items are NOT ALLOWED on board NSF Dahlgren: weapons, coolers, glass containers, alcohol, controlled substances including medical and recreational marijuana, umbrellas, and pets.

-Attendees may bring chairs.  Shuttle bus riders should bring bagged folding chairs only, due to space limitations.

-All bags, purses, backpacks, diaper bags, and strollers are subject to search.

STATUS: CANCELLED

DATE TBD A Rich Bounty / King George's Evolution of Farming and Agriculture

Location: Backporch Vineyard

11a – 5p
A family friendly afternoon of music, history, arts, crafts, food, wine tasting, and more!

STATUS: CANCELLED

Sat, Jun 13, 2020 Festival of the Rivers

Location: CALEDON State Park
11a – 5p
A festival celebrating King George County’s two amazing rivers (Potomac and Rappahannock.)

This fun family friendly festival will feature: Live Music, Food Trucks and Vendors, Kids Games and Activities, Kayak Tours, Climbing Wall, Craft Breweries & Wineries

STATUS: CANCELLED

Sat, Aug 1, 2020 Naturally Beautiful, Exploring the Parks & Trails of King George

Location: Caledon State Park
10a – 3p
A morning and early afternoon of guided hikes, trail running, eagle and wildlife watching, and history lessons on the trails and parks in King George County.

STATUS: CANCELLED 

Tue, Apr 21, 2020 The Garden Club of Virginia Historic Garden Week

Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

STATUS: CANCELLED

Sat, May 23, 2020 Honoring Those Who Served, Commemoration and Dedications

Location: King George High School

STATUS: CANCELED

Sat, Apr 4, 2020 Honoring the History and Legacy of the Ralph Bunche School

Location: Ralph Bunche School and King George Citizens Center

STATUS: POSTPONED, DATE TBA

Sun, Apr 12, 2020 Easter Sunrise Service

Location: Mt. Bethel Christian Center

STATUS: CANCELED

Questions about upcoming events?

Call 540.775.9181