Established in May 1749, Chesterfield County is one of the oldest and most historically rich communities in America. The county lies about 30 minutes south of Richmond and 2 ½ hours south of Washington, D.C.
In addition, its boast as the former home of famed Native American princess Pocahontas, Chesterfield County also claims to have produced the first tobacco sold in Europe. The county also is home to the second successful English settlement in North America, the city of Henricus, which was founded in 1611 and gave birth to the modern-day city of Chesterfield.
History lovers can binge on the sights and sounds at Henricus Historical Park, which recreates life in the 17th century. The site – surrounded by the 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area – also offers great historical information, and year-round events, on both the Revolutionary and Civil wars because of its geographically-strategic placement on the James River.
Visitors and residents in Chesterfield County can luxuriate in the natural beauty, perhaps at one the county’s 20 public parks and especially 3,1000-acre Lake Chesdin, which offers fishing, kayaking and hiking opportunities galore. Before, during or after a long day outside, enjoy a meal at one of the area’s many fine establishments, including The Boathouse, the Halfway House Restaurant, The Roosevelt, The Egg & I and Central Park Deli.