The Richmond Region
Five Unique Areas - Each With a Story to Tell

Hip, History, Food and Fun

THE RICHMOND REGION

The Richmond region is a dynamic collaboration between the city of Richmond and four counties, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and New Kent. This partnership illustrates the creative impulses that course through the region. In a few short minutes you can go from bustling downtown streets to rolling hills on farms or gorgeous trails in state parks, wineries or world-class shopping. With sports facilities, meeting space, restaurants, oh the restaurants, across the region, you're never far from something fun, and delicious, in the Richmond region. We've also got something of a budding craft beer scene, if you can consider over 15 breweries budding. 

City of Richmond

The city of Richmond combines big-city amenities with southern charm and ease. Traffic usually means it takes 10 minutes to get somewhere instead of five, which is good if you're trying to get to a reservation at a James Beard nominated restaurant, a gallery opening or a new exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The city is home to easy parking, restaurants that win raves from local fans and national media and some of the best street art in the entire country. Shop at fun boutiques and vintage shops or stroll through Carytown, the city of Richmond is ready to impress.

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Chesterfield County

Explore the authentic roots of the United States in Chesterfield County, VA - where Pocahontas once lived, the first tobacco crops were grown to sell in Europe, the first college was established and the first American hospital was built. Feel the enduring presence of history from North America's second successful English settlement, the Citie of Henricus, founded in 1611 by Sir Thomas Dale, which serves as the foundation of modern-day Chesterfield, VA. Taking its name from Philip Dormer Stanhope, Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, the county's historical contributions include being the first place in the nation where coal was mined commercially, which led to the first paved road and the first railroad in Virginia.

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Hanover County

With miles and miles of open space to explore, you can discover history, adventure and an easily accessible location in Hanover County. Here, more than 400 years of American history live on through preserved artifacts, historical buildings and hallowed battlefields. But the County makes history in other ways, too. Enjoy the great outdoors at one of our many parks or rivers. Conquer the thrills of Kings Dominion's 15 roller coasters. Dine in a 225-year-old tavern that has hosted George Washington, Patrick Henry and the Marquis de Lafayette. And with a variety restaurants, diverse shopping and down-home festivals, Hanover County is ideal for weekend getaways and vacations.

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Henrico County

Walk in the shadows of history in Henrico County, Virginia - established in 1611 as one of the state's eight original shires. Named for Henry, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of King James I of England, its boundaries included an area from which 10 Virginia counties - including Chesterfield County - and three cities, including the City of Richmond, were later formed. Trace the footsteps of the English settlers, who first explored the area in 1607, led by Captain Christopher Newport, and then again four years later with Sir Thomas Dale.

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New Kent County

Experience the rich historical nature of New Kent County, Virginia - named after County Kent, England. Inhabited by Native Americans hundreds of years before the arrival of the first Europeans, the county was first visited by the Spanish in 1500, in search of gold. Walk along the same landscape that marked the final footsteps of Captain John Smith, who explored this area 100 years later, before being captured by natives. This area also witnessed the end of Bacon's Rebellion - an uprising of Virginia farmers who rebelled against the governor for failing to protect them from Indian raids - and is the only county that served as the birthplace and marriage site of two First Ladies: Martha Washington and Letitia Christian Tyler. Visit St. Peter's Church, where the Washingtons were married - which continues to hold services to this day - and pay your respects to Mrs. Tyler, buried in New Kent, as one of only two First Ladies to pass away while her husband was in office. Other historical sites in New Kent, VA, include Fort James and Fort Royal - built to protect the area from Indian raids - and Brickhouse, the first colonial town incorporated on the York River.

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