The City of Poquoson is an independent city located on a small peninsula along the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton Roads Virginia. It gets is distinctive name from an Algonquian word, meaning a stretch of marshy land located between two rivers. In fact, it is bordered by the Poquoson river to the north, the Back River to the south, and the Chesapeake Bay to the east. Poquoson has a population of approximately 12,000 people. It is located within a thirty minute drive of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and an hour’s drive of Richmond.
Poquoson is serviced by the major highways of the area, including I-64 and I-664, as well as the Norfolk International Airport, located approximately thirty minutes away. It offers commuters into Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach a small, friendly residential community with full access to the conveniences of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Located directly adjacent to Langley Air Force Base, Poquoson also maintains strong ties with the military.
The City of Poquoson was established in 1631 as part of a land grant. Originally part of York County, Poquoson became an incorporated city in 1975 and has its own government and school systems. Poquoson’s strong history can be seen today in its many historic properties. The Weston Cemetery contains graves marked as far back as 1798. The Smith House, constructed in the late 18th century by Henry Smith, owner of Oxford Plantation, is one of the oldest homes in Poquoson, and is still occupied by descendants of the Smith family.