Historic Downtown Tappahannock celebrates the preservation and revitalization of a designated Virginia Main Street. As an affiliate of Main Street America, the nonprofit is committed to strengthening the town of Tappahannock through preservation-based economic development with the cooperation of local downtown businesses. Historic Downtown Tappahannock is dedicated to diversifying and expanding business and cultural opportunities while maintaining the historical core of one of Virginia’s most storied towns.

Tappahannock Historic District, encompassing 14 buildings dating back to the 18th century, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Small business leaders, countless volunteers and community stakeholders are passionate about preserving the core of a downtown that remains a central gathering spot for families.


Beth Sharpe, Executive Director
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Aariana Hudson, Marketing & Events Coordinator
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Executive Committee Officers of the Board of Directors, 2023-24

John Harvey, President

Paula Tignor, Vice President

Randy Shuford, Secretary

Jovita Kelly, Treasurer

Mavora Donoghue, Past President

Board of Directors, 2023-24

Jennifer Bacon

Anita Latane

Travis Harris

Kay Carlton

Niki Davis

Meredith Trible

Tappahannock Main Street Committees

Join one of our committees that meets monthly.

  • Design: Fosters revitalization, historic preservation and beautification efforts
  • Economic Vitality: Advocates for overall economic development in Tappahannock
  • Promotion: Enhance the public’s understanding of the value of Main Street’s work through Marketing & Communications and Events.

If you’re not ready for a monthly commitment but still want to help sign up to receive notifications on individual project-based volunteer opportunities, fill out our form.


Check out the app or our widget and plan your visit around Downtown Tappahannock!