Ideas shared on tourism in Heathsville

HEATHSVILLE—A community forum was held November 15 at the Northumberland Public Library to brainstorm and facilitate dialogue on how best to use a new mini-grant to foster tourism and education regarding historic Heathsville.

The Northern Neck Planning District Commission (NNPDC) recently received a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for “Building Collaborative Communities,” reported Northumberland County Economic Development Commission executive director Theresa Lambert.

The focus of the Northern Neck project, “Virginia Coastal Community Resiliency,” is to encourage more collaboration among community and business stakeholders and to develop a tool kit that can be replicated throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.

Heathsville was selected by the NNPDC based on several factors. Heathsville and Northumberland County, the “mother county” of the Northern Neck, have a long and rich history and the capacity to implement a new project.