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Tappahannock is the oldest town in Essex County, Virginia, United States. The population was 2,068 at the 2000 census. Located on the Rappahannock River, Tappahannock is the county seat of Essex County. Its name comes from the Algonquian language word lappihanne (also noted as toppehannock), meaning "Town on the rise and fall of water" or "where the tide ebbs and flows." In 1608 John Smith landed in Tapphannock but was driven back by the local Native American tribe.HistoryIn 1682 a local man, Jacob Hobbs established a trading post in the now extinct Rappahannock County . This area became known as Hobbs Hole. The town comprised 50 acres divided into half acre squares. The port was established at Hobb’s Hole and called New Plymouth, later changed back to the Indian name Tappahannock. Public warehouses for inspection and exportation of the tobacco were established in 1730 at Hobbs Hole.The Tappahannock Historic District and Sabine Hall are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.GeographyTappahannock is located at Segen .According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles, of which, 2.6 square miles of it is land and 0.1 square miles of it is water.
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