Charles City County

Charles City County is a place of origins. Located just a few miles upriver from the first permanent English speaking settlement in America it has been a gateway to the nation that has grown from that first settlement. Millions of Americans can trace their ancestry back to this place and the people of Charles City have been graciously welcoming visitors since Captain John Smith called upon the Chickahominy Indians to trade for corn in the winter of 1607. Today the county is described as unspoiled, unhurried and uncommon. Unspoiled forests, fields and rivers provide great opportunities for fishing, bird watching, boating, biking and walking. The unhurried pace offers a rejuvenating escape for those seeking to stay in a quaint bed and breakfast inn or dine in a unique setting. An uncommon opportunity to see great plantations in their original, unspoiled landscape is provided by the county’s unparalleled collection of James River Plantations.

Charles City County is a living museum of history, architecture and man’s stewardship of the land. Her residents have witnessed every major event in American history and given their lives in the making of a nation. Its world-renowned plantation homes and other historic sites are vessels of our nation’s history. They are the homes and workplaces of patriots and presidents, agricultural pioneers, merchants, millers, Native Americans and African Americans; but, they are above all – timeless treasures in a timeless setting.


Area Highlights

Upper Shirley Vineyards

  • 600 Shirley Plantation Road

Come experience the magic of Upper Shirley Vineyards, a one-of-a-kind estate, winery, restaurant and wedding venue perched above…

Westover Plantation

  • 7000 Westover Road

Westover is one of the most elegant and historic colonial plantations. It was built in the first half of the 18th century by the…

Berkeley Plantation

  • 12602 Harrison Landing Road

In 1619, after a stormy voyage across the Atlantic, the Good Ship Margaret landed at Berkeley with thirty-six men aboard. In…

Shirley Plantation

  • 501 Shirley Plantation Road

A National Historic Landmark on the James River off scenic Route 5 between Richmond and Williamsburg, Shirley stands as a…

Charles City County Courthouse

  • 10702 Courthouse Road

Here Simcoe's British cavalry surprised a party of militia, January 8, 1781. Here Grant's army passed on its way to the river…

Virginia Capital Trail

  • 2803 Dock St

The Virginia Capital Trail is a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects the Commonwealth’s past and present…


Charles City County
10900 Courthouse Road
Charles City, VA 23030


(804) 652-4701

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