The City of Chesapeake is located in the Hampton Roads metro area, adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay and the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Chesapeake is serviced by Norfolk International Airport, and connected to the major byways of southeast Virginia: I-64, I-264, I-464 and I-664. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Virginia, with a 20.8% population increase since 1990. As of 1997, the estimated population was 190,469 but Chesapeake still maintains its local charm.
The City was founded in 1963 as a merger of Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk, but its rich history goes back hundreds of years. The battle of Great Bridge, on December 9, 1775, took place only a few hundred yards from Chesapeake’s modern City Hall. Chesapeake celebrates its long history with an annual Civil War Days educational event, featuring a 2-day reenactment, storytelling, artillery demonstrations, and live period music.
Locals gather every year to celebrate the city’s founding and spend time with neighbors at the annual Chesapeake Jubilee, featuring a BBQ cook-off, live regional talent, fireworks, and a carnival. Chesapeake is home to beautiful untouched wetlands, including the Great Dismal Swamp national wildlife refuge. The Great Dismal Swamp, visited by George Washington himself in 1763, features over 111,000 acres of forested wetlands and offers opportunities for fishing, birding, boating, hiking, and hunting.
Chesapeake offers a wide selection of residential areas, from luxury estates and colonial homes, to farms and farmettes. Many are Chesapeake’s most beautiful and well preserved historic homes are privately owned and give residents an opportunity to preserve the area’s unique and distinguished history.