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Colonial Beach Memories

Recollections of Easters Past

1993. Colonial Beach in VA with my bro @juice_410 & my pops. #chillin #tbt

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Whether you visited, lived or grew up here, you've got some Colonial Beach memories that stick in your mind.

I fondly recall a great meal I had with friends and co-workers at the former Still Waters Grille on Monroe Bay Ave. It was a beautiful day, we had a delicious meal and an awesome view of the bay.

Colonial Beach has a long history of entertaining folks from all over the world, and fond recollections of time spent in our riverside resort town are common. Post yours here to share, and read ones that others have posted.
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James Pitts' recollection of time spent in Colonial Beach in the 1930's.

TBT - Mom, Dad and me at Colonial Beach 1958 (I was 8 years old.)

Posted by Michael Pierce on Thursday, March 12, 2015

Here are some names of establishments from days gone by:

  • James Adams Floating Theatre
  • Ambassador Restaurant
  • Mayfair Theatre (where Sea-Side Restaurant currently stands)
  • Reno/Little Reno
  • Monte Carlo
  • Bentley's Pavilion
  • Hop's
  • The banana slide (where the Visitor's Center now stands)
  • The miniature train (was on Town Hill)
  • Colonial Beach Hotel (had miniature golf and tennis courts)
  • St. John's, Queen Anne, and S.S. Potomac steamer ships
  • Carruther's & Coakley's Drugstore
  • Surfside Lunch
  • Colonial Beach Diner (now Hunan Diner)
  • Westmoreland Sundry Store (now Colonial Beach Real Estate)
  • Jackpot
  • Little Steel Pier
  • Rock's Hotel
  • Tags Palm Garden
  • Dancing Pavilion
  • The carousel
  • Linwood House
  • Little Steel Pier
  • Pioneer Pavillion and Bathhouse
  • Bolt's Lunch Counter
  • Crown Castle
  • Bell Home for Children
  • Eleanor Park Campground (currently waterfront lots for sale)
  • Lemon's Hotel
  • Wollcott House
  • New Atlanta Hotel
  • Buckingham's Luncheonette
  • King George Hotel
  • Playland Novelty Shop
  • King Cotton Hotel
  • Joyland
  • Westmoreland Motel (now Riverview Inn)
  •  Parker's Crab Shore (currently an empty waterfront lot and a newly constructed home)

    If you have remembrances of more recent places and events, please post those here as well. We'd love to hear about your experiences!

    Some fairly recent businesses which are no longer in operation:

  • Sand Castle's Ice Cream & Deli (now Denson's Grocery)
  • Hardee's (now Ledo's Pizza & Pasta)
  • Movie Gallery (still vacant)
  • Days Inn (now River Edge Inn)
  • Espresso Station (now Tattle Tale)

    Please share and discuss your Colonial Beach memories here! This town has helped create tons of them, and it's fun and interesting to catalog them all so they can be remembered.
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