New Kent

New Kent is one of the oldest counties in the Commonwealth. At one point in its rich history, New Kent County included all or part of the present day King & Queen, King William, Spotsylvania, and Hanover counties. The first mention of New Kent County in records of the General Assembly was in 1654. Its active Historical Society helps conserve and promote the county's many unique historical resources.

Conveniently located in the Virginia Coastal Plain, New Kent County is just 15 minutes from downtown Richmond, 45 miles from Newport News, and even closer to Williamsburg. This county's close proximity to metropolitan areas and its large undeveloped tracts of land make it attractive for commercial or residential expansion.

Bounded by the Chickahominy River on the south, Pamunkey and York Rivers on the north, Henrico County to the west, and James City and York Counties on the east, the county's 221 square miles is home to over 13,000 residents. Transportation has been important to the development of New Kent County since Colonial times, and today it is easily accessible by modern highways, rail, air, and water.

New Kent's Colonial Downs horse track attracts visitors from hundreds of miles for professional rodeos and live thoroughbred and harness racing. Almost in the track's backyard is the new The Legends at Royal New Kent, a par-72 gold course with a layout unlike any other in Virginia. This course has been compared to two world-famed Irish links, Ballybunion and Royal County Down. The Legends at Royal New Kent has been named the best new upscale public course in the United States by Golf Digest. And there's plenty of family entertainment opportunities within easy driving distance: Virginia Beach, Colonial Williamsburg, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley, and Kings Dominion and Busch Garden theme parks.

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