The Town of Port Royal was founded in 1744. In 1751, James Madison, framer of the Constitution and future President of the United States, was born across the Rappahannock River from Port Royal at his grandmother’s plantation at Belle Grove in what was then called ‘Port Conway.’ During the period of the American Revolution, many southern leaders including George Washington visited Port Royal. The 'Father of his Country’ was a frequent visitor to the Fox Tavern (ca. 1767) in Port Royal. 
     Captain Sally Tompkins, the famous 'Nurse of the Confederacy,' and only female commissioned officer during the Civil War, made her home in Port Royal after the war. 

 And Adventurous Tomorrows......Port Royal is a vibrant and cheerful community with new organizations, developments, and plans. The Town is rapidly becoming a mecca for antique shopping and fine dining.  Travelers can experience by foot the rich history the Town has to offer with a self guided tour of the Town.  If you wish to add a little splash to your visit, we offer a Soft Launch where you can put your Kyak or Canoe in the river and enjoy a beautiful day exploring the Rappahannock River. Annually, the Town partners with Historic Port Royal, Inc. to put on a fascinating and educational 4th of July event.  The Town comes together for an Annual Tree Lighting in December with the local Churches, a beautiful Easter Sunrise Service on the banks of the Rappahannock River, and one should not miss our Annual Pirate Day Event, there is something for all ages to enjoy at our events.  We love sharing our History and welcome you to visit us.