Chesapeake is an independent city in the state of Virginia on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. This area was one of the first to be settled in the state’s colonial era. There are six boroughs that make up the city: South Norfolk, Deep Creek, Western Branch, Washington, Butts Road, and Pleasant Grove. The Dismal Swamp Canal runs through Chesapeake. It is the oldest continuously used the man-made canal and has been working for over 230 years. The site was originally surveyed by George Washington and is now known as “Washington’s Ditch”.
The Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission educates the community about music, architecture, drama, dance, painting, and sculpture. The Sustainable Chesapeake Initiative is ensuring the area continues to be environmentally sustainable.
The city’s population is around 237,940. Chesapeake has grown due to both its location and the transportation amidst the city. The Intracoastal Waterway passes through the area, along with five railroads and major highway drawbridges like the Veterans Bridge, the Gilmerton Bridge, the Jordan Bridge, and the High Rise Bridge.
The city also boasts frontage and port facilities on the Western and Southern branch of the Elizabeth River. Top employers include the Chesapeake City Public Schools, the city of Chesapeake, the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, LTD Hospitality Group, Sentara Healthcare, QVC, HSBC Finance, Cox Communications, Hewlett-Packard, and Reliance Staffing. Chesapeake is home to the international headquarters for Dollar Tree. There are two Navy bases in the area, NALF Fentress, and the Northwest Annex.
Median household income: $72,928
Average resident age: 36.9 years
Median condo/ home value: $267,100
Median gross rent: $1,184
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Chesapeake City Park
The Chesapeake City Park has 60 acres of open space and 30 acres of reforested pine trees. There are dog parks, a fun forest playground for kids, horseshoe courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, an outdoor fitness area, a skate park, a walking trail, and the Robert G “Buddy” Bagley Stage for outdoor concerts.
Oak Grove Lake Park
The Oak Grove Lake Park features hardwood forests and wetlands, with panoramic views of the lake. There are fishing and observation platforms, a play area, picnic shelters with grills, 6 outdoor fitness stations, and a 1.5-mile trail for walking, jogging, and biking that runs around the 65-acre lake. I’m
Northwest River Park and Campground
Open year-round, the Northwest River Park and Campground is a 763-acre park that boasts numerous recreational activities including boating, fishing, hiking, a miniature golf course, an 18-hole disc golf course, horseshoes, volleyball nets, and more. There are 66 campsites and 2 rental cabins in the area.
Off The Hook Seafood Restaurant
At locally owned and operated Off The Hook Seafood Restaurant, you’ll find fresh and local seafood, prime cut meats, and fresh produce. The award-winning chefs are preparing dishes like pan-seared Mahi-Mahi with risotto and broccolini, a hand cut 14 oz ribeye with roasted potatoes, chicken breast sauteed in a white wine and lemon butter sauce, and a house made New England style clam chowder.
The authentic Jamaican jerk barbecue at the independently owned restaurant Cutlass Grille is so popular amongst locals for a reason, they cook every dish as if they’re cooking for their family. The coconut shrimp are served with a mango sweet chili sauce, the oxtails are browned and stewed with a variety of herbs and spices, and their sliced beef brisket is rubbed with their house blend dry rub then smoked over hickory and cherry wood until juicy and tender.
The Butcher’s Son
Classic American steakhouse The Butcher’s Son does beef, pork, and poultry that is antibiotic free, hormone free, humanely treated, and locally harvested. All steaks and chops are seasoned with their special butcher’s blend, seared and grilled just the way you like it, and served with two sides and your choice of sauce. Signature dishes include chicken quinoa, dijon pork tenderloin, and all natural ground beef meatloaf.