Kinsale Virginia


History and community have always been key elements of life in the historic riverfront port of Kinsale, where in 1977, three young Kinsale natives -- architect Harry Lee Arnest and historians Frank Bailey Jr., and Walter B. Norris Jr. -- spearheaded the creation of The Kinsale Foundation. They were joined by other area businessmen and historians like Earl Carter Moss of Moss Chevrolet, Edna Sanford Douglas, the Bevanses of Bevans Oyster Co. and the Cardens of Potomac Supply in forming Kinsale Foundation. They envisioned a group that would welcome newcomers to the historic village and unite in protecting Kinsale’s environment -- both culturally and physically. Read More


Kinsale is the place

to wave your flag

Felicitous fireworks and family fun slated for July 6, 2019

Each year, patriotic businesses and past and present Kinsale residents and friends graciously contribute more than $3,000 for the awesome, beautifully orchestrated Kinsale community fireworks on the closest Saturday in July to July 4. 

The excitement here in Kinsale is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 2019.  Events will ONLY be rescheduled if there is rain or a gale of wind on July 6!  (RAINDATE: Sunday, July 7.)  If there IS a postponement, it will be announced by Cople District VFD on Facebook.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend this celebration here in historic Kinsale!

Please help!  And you are also humbly encouraged to help fund this wonderful community event, which is co-hosted by the firemen and the Kinsale Foundation.  This community celebration is “independent” of other Museum and Fire Department fund-raisers.  You may send a [tax-deductible] check made out to the Kinsale Foundation, mailing address P.O. Box 307, Kinsale, Va. 22488.  Put FIREWORKS on the outside of the envelope please!


Kinsale Museum and SILENT AUCTION BIDDING in old Ice Cream Parlor beside Museum will be open ALL DAY and early evening Saturday, from 10 a.m. till hopefully 7.  If you can’t get to the auction then, please come and bid on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-5 until 12:30 p.m. on Kinsale Day, which is Sept. 21, 2019.

Vendors welcome!  Contact Lynn King 804-214-0955,   Crafters and vendors start at 4 p.m. in the Park beside the Gazebo.

Food and fun in the park:  Starting 5 p.m. in the Park: the Firemen will be cooking great food.  Fun for all ages: dunking booth, corn hole, hopefully horse and pony, possible petting zoo.

Kids, bring your bikes: Get your bikes all dressed up to focus on our country’s heritage.  Put on Stars and Stripes, or other patriotic regalia. Line-up beside the old Up the Creek sign (Formerly Moss Chevrolet) at around 5:15 – bike processional will start at 5:30 per Lynn King.

Live music 5:30 onward: Alternating sets from The 11:21 Club and Sharon Mann.

Fireworks: View fireworks from Kinsale Bridge 9:15 p.m.  The bridge will be closed to through traffic from about 8:30 to 10 p.m.  You may park on the Plainview side of the bridge and walk over, or around town.

Info:  Lynn King at 804-214-0955.  Asst. Fire Chief Todd Padgett: 804-238-8112.  (Sorry, your museum director Lynn Norris will be out of touch by cell phone!  But HOPEFULLY that should mean good weather as I seem to draw monsoons when present.)

NOTE: Remember, fireworks have now officially migrated, being scheduled on a nearby Saturday rather than sticking with the 4th of July.



If you can help, please send your check (written to Kinsale Foundation) to P.O. Box 307, Kinsale, Va. 22488.  Put FIREWORKS on the envelope.



The Foundation

The Founders envisioned a group that would welcome newcomers to the historic village and unite in protecting Kinsale’s environment -- both culturally and physically. The Foundation has since bought property for public use, as well as collecting and safe-guarding documentation on local history.

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Annual Events

Annual events include an Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July Fireworks, Annual Summer Dance and Silent Auction, Rubber Duckie Derby, and Christmas in Kinsale.

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Gift Shop

Our online gift shop is currently being developed, thank you for your patience.

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Gifts to Kinsale Foundation are tax-deductible. Dues entitle you to a 10% discount in our gift shop and our information-packed Waterways newsletter, as well as full voting membership.

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