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Northampton County is the southern 35 miles of a 70 mile long stretch of the Delmarva Peninsula known as Virginia's Eastern Shore. "The Shore" as it is affectionately named, is cradled by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay or what is known locally as Bayside and Seaside. The Seaside, in particular, contains the largest island wilderness chain on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

The Shore is a place that has somehow managed to remain relatively unchanged through the times. Its pristine condition is mainly a result of the surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the County's isolation to large East Coast metropolises such as Virginia's Tidewater Area (Virginia Beach & Norfolk). Generations of families have been left to their own and have created a rich tradition of living off the land through farming and fishing. For centuries a unique harmony, between mankind and nature, has evolved from these circumstances.

Northampton County's central location on the Eastern Seaboard places it less than a 1 day drive from areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Northampton County contains numerous natural and cultural sites, including two large public parks, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park, located at the southern end of the county. Historic townships, such as Eastville, Cheriton and Cape Charles contain buildings that speak to over 350 years of architectural design in the United States.

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The Winter Hours Schedule will commence at the Northampton County Sanitary Landfill on Saturday, November 5, 2016 and run through Saturday, February
25, 2017. That means that on Saturdays, the landfill's operating hours
will be 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Please plan your solid waste disposal accordingly.


Northampton County hires local civil engineer As Director of Public Works

Christopher A. Thomas, a resident of Cape Charles, has been hired as Director of Public Works in the second phase of Northampton County’s restructuring. He replaces Michael Thornes, who retired as of June 30, 2016. Chris graduates summa cum laude from Virginia Tech in 2009 in the top 5 of his class with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He will serve as Director of the Office of Public Works and Operations.

Northampton Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Spencer Murray commented, “We are delighted to have tapped this local talent who brings in-depth skills to our buildings and capital projects such as the EMS building as well as our County infrastructure.”

Chris currently is employed by the engineering firm of WM Schlosser in Chesapeake. He will be in his new position in Northampton effective November 1, 2016.

Already active in Northampton, Chris is an EMT and firefighter for Cheriton Volunteer Fire and Cape Charles Rescue.

In a related move, Jeff Doughty will be promoted to the new position of Assistant to the Public Works and Operations Director. Jeff will oversee the areas of Facilities Management, Public Utilities, and Harbors & Boat Ramps. Jeff currently serves as Water and Wastewater Technician. He will continue in this capacity as well as assuming his new management duties.

“The Board will continue to seek new talent, identify efficiencies to save money, and better serve our citizens,” said Murray.

John Andrzejewski, Acting County Administrator, said, “Please join us in welcoming and congratulating these two members of the Northampton team.”



Starting August 2016, Northampton County reassessment staff will be visiting all properties gathering data and taking inventory of improvements. This process will be ongoing for 16 months. All appraisal data collectors are required to wear county photo ID badges. The general reassessment is a responsibility of the Commissioner of the Revenue, Charlene Gray.
The County Appraiser, Todd Simpson, will oversee this process.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process or any individuals on your property, please contact the Commissioner’s Office at 757-678-0446.




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The Northampton County Joint Industrial Development Authority (JIDA)

Regularly scheduled meetings will be on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 9:15a.m.

Meeting Location
16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville
Northampton County Administration, Upstairs Conference Room #201


Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc.

Many Americans can now enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplace at Enrollment specialists based at Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. centers have been trained to help Eastern Shore of Virginia residents evaluate options and enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the Marketplace.

The Marketplace offers private health insurance.

Every private insurance plan in the Marketplace will offer comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospital visits.

If you need assistance contact a specialist at a Rural Health center near you:

Allison @ Atlantic & Chincoteague @ 824-5676 x637
Meghan @ Bayview & Franktown @ 442-4819 x362
Ellen @ Onley @ 787-7374 x767


Payments for Real Estate and Personal Property taxes can be made at Official Payments website.


Northampton County Low Lying Areas

Map of Northampton County Low Lying Areas


Land Use Information and Application Links:

Code of Virginia - "Agricultural and Forestal District Act"

Adopted AFD Policy


Application for the creation of or addition to agricultural/forestal districts.

Please note that §33.010 (Land Use Program) of the County Code was repealed on August 11, 2009.



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