the Potomac near the birthplaces of George Washington, Robert E. Lee & James
Monroe, Colonial Beach prospered as farmland for the landed gentry during the 1700s. By the late 19th century, the lure of the beaches
& waterfront property began the building of large Victorian houses & quaint hotels.
Shortly after riverboats began running & brought tourists in large numbers, with dance halls
and a period of legalized gambling making the town a favored weekend resort.
Colonial Beach earned the name of
Capital of the Potomac," with the many skirmishes fought just offshore during the 1950's Oyster Wars.