Charles City County,
Charles City County is home to the
oldest plantation in Virginia.
Shirley Plantation was started in 1613 just six years
after the founding of nearby Jamestown. The plantation also
happens to represent the oldest family-owned business in
North America (1638). Today Shirley Plantation serves today
as the home for the original descendents of Anne Hill Carter
and like many of the county's historic plantations, is open
to the public.
The stretch of James River between
Jamestown and Richmond
originally served as the first highway of Colonial America.
It was along this stretch that other plantations and farms
evolved over the early years of the country.
Upriver another historic plantation open to the public is
Berkeley. It was on this site in 1619, that the first
official Thanksgiving in America took place. It also served
as the birthplace for Benjamin Harrison, signer of the
Declaration of Independence, and President William Henry
Harrison, our nation's ninth president.
Some of the other plantations in the county include Edgewood
Plantation and Harrison's Mill, Westover Plantation, Belle
Air Plantation, Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation, North
Bend Plantation, and Sherwood Forest Plantation.
Charles City Shire was formed in 1634 and was changed to
Charles City County in 1643. There is no Charles City or any
incorporated city or town in the entire county making this a
quiet rural area. Today the county includes approximately
204 square miles and had 6,926 residents counted during the
|In Charles City County:
750 Native Americans of the
Chickahominy tribe live here
the first black American missionary to Africa and
founding father of Liberia, was born here
One of the
free black communities in America was located here
county has no stop light
You may spot
bald eagles and blue herons flying overhead
Commonwealth University has established a 343 acre
living research laboratory, the
Inger and Walter Rice Center for Environmental Life
Parts of the
county have been inhabited for the better part of
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