Urbanna, Virginia is located in Middlesex County. Every year on the first weekend of November, Urbanna hosts the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The Festival starts on Friday morning and ends on Saturday night. The Urbanna Oyster Festival has been a big highlight of Middlesex County for 50 years.
In 1680, an Acts of Assembly at Jamestown authorized local officials to establish 20, 50-acre port towns, at a cost of 10,000 pounds of tobacco each, through which all trade would take place. These towns were Varina, Charles City, Surry, Jamestown, Patesfield, Nansemond and Warwick along with plantations in Elizabeth City, Norfolk, Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Tappahannock, Stafford, Accomac, Northampton, Lancaster, Northumberlandand the small part of Ralph Wormeley’s Rosegill that would, in 1705, be named Burgh of Urbanna, “City of Anne.” The town was named in honor of England’s Queen Anne.