At the turn of the century (into the 1900s), the town of Colonial Beach was a summer retreat for residents of Washington, DC (only 65 miles away), earning it the nickname “Playground of the Potomac”. The statues (and the many wall murals on buildings throughout the Town) illustrate that time, when visitors would arrive via steamboats and paddle wheelers that made their way down the Potomac from DC and northern Virginia.
This quaint riverside resort town has the second-longest public beach in Virginia. Colonial Beach is one of the closest beaches to DC, and it’s one of the few remaining small seaport towns on the Potomac River.
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