New Kent County was the site of several significant events in early American history. It was here that the tale of Captain John Smith, Chief Powhatan and Pocahontas played out. In 1687, Baconís Rebellion ended in New Kent County. Martha Washington was born here and married George Washington in the local St. Peters Church, which is still open today. Over the past 350 years, New Kentís natural resources have sustained Native Americans, settlers, farmers and camping Civil War troops.
Today, the county is still primarily agricultural. Of New Kentís 221 square miles, over 16,000 acres is farmland, split among corn, wheat, soybean and hay growers as well as cattle ranches. Horseracing is also a big part of the local culture; the state of Virginia has the 12th largest horse inventory in the country. New Kentís Colonial Downs Racetrack makes up a large portion of the stateís horse industry.
The benefits of New Kent County living include beautiful surroundings and an array of things to do. The communities of Brickshire, Quinton, Barhamsville, New Kent and Providence Forge are peppered around Interstate 64, south of the York River. Museums, historic towns, fine dining and boutique shopping are all available in and around these communities. Virginiaís Native American and colonial heritage is alive today in nearby Jamestown, Berkeley Plantation and Colonial Williamsburg. More than 10 million visitors drive through New Kent County annually, a testament to the natural appeal of the region.
Popular activities include golfing, hunting, fishing, boating, pari-mutuel horse racing and team sports. Athletic fields and courts are available throughout the county. New Kent is also home to two golf courses and within driving distance to many more. Water-goers will enjoy the three local rivers and a large reservoir. For added fun, residents can take a short trip to either Busch Gardens theme park or Water Country USA.
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