Chesterfield County is ideally located in the Richmond-Petersburg metropolitan area. It borders Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Richmond, and Petersburg. It lies between the Jamestown and Appomattox Rivers and is within a two-hour drive of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Washington DC, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It contains 446 square miles of suburban communities and commercial properties in a beautiful natural setting.
Chesterfield County has a long and distinguished history. It was founded on May 25, 1749, however its history goes back even farther. In 1619, Bermuda Hundred, the first town incorporated in the newly formed colonies, was the first site to scientifically grow tobacco. The famous Bermuda Hundred campaign would later be a decisive battle in the Civil War. Bermuda Hundred, along with many other Civil War sites, including Drewry’s Bluff, Howlett Line Park, Parker’s Battery, and Fort Darling Battlefield Park, are open for visitors and provide a window into Virginia’s rich and diverse history. The Chesterfield County Museum features revolving exhibits about colonial life, including antique toys, trains, and photographs, as well as the Old Jail, preserved in its original 1892 condition.
Chesterfield is also home to some of the most beautiful historical estates in the region, with over 30 properties designated as Designated Historical Landmarks. These include Eppington and Castlewood, both 19th century plantations with poignant histories. Eppington has been traced back to Thomas Jefferson’s family in the 1780s. Today, the Eppington Foundation maintains over 400 acres of the original plantation, and is actively working to restore the original manor house. Castlewood , built in the 1810s, has been used as a clerk’s office, a church, and a savings and loan bank until the 1970s, when it was converted into a museum, and is now open to the public.
Chesapeake is serviced by Richmond International Airport, and connected to the major byways of central Virginia and the East Coast: I-95, I-64, I-85 and I-295, and Route 288.