NEW KENT COUNTY
A Refreshing Spirit of Adventure
Historic Bed and Breakfasts beckon, while unique and scenic wedding venues create the perfect photo opportunities. World-class golf courses challenge even low-handicappers, and breathtaking vineyards produce some of Virginia’s finest wines.
Experience the rich history of New Kent County, Virginia - named after County Kent, England and home to more historical markers than any other county in the Commonwealth. 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 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 New Kent 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 Brickhouse, the first colonial town incorporated on the York River.
Positioned squarely between the City of Richmond and Williamsburg - surrounded by the Chickahominy, Pamunkey and York rivers - New Kent County is home to more than 21,000 residents. Experience the charming atmosphere that serves as a common thread to this area - from the historic town of Providence Forge established in 1770, to the golf-centric community of Brickshire to the new village-style development of Patriots Landing.