Gloucester is the gateway to the Middle Peninsula that has seen an influx of residents due to its affordable housing, low crime and high quality of life.
The county is steeped in history. At the time of the arrival of English settlers on Virginia shores in 1607, Chief Powhatan, father of
Walter Reed, known as the conqueror of
The county is home to the annual Daffodil Festival that draws thousands of visitors every spring. Gloucester is also home to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science — a leader in oceanographic research. The sprawling
Other notable sites to visit include Warner Hall, the home of George Washington's maternal grandmother, which is a bed and breakfast and private residence, and Beaverdam Park. In October, Gloucester will hose a re-enactment of the Battle of the Hook.
Area: 257 square miles
Median age: 38.7
Landmarks: Gloucester Courthouse Circle, Rosewell ruins, VIMS, Coleman Bridge
Board of Supervisors chairman: Carter Borden, 804-642-2991