Just north of the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge along Route 17 lies the quiet beauty of rural Gloucester, Virginia. Sparsely populated for its size, the area is home to just 161 people per square mile (compared to 2,828 per square mile in Hampton). Longtime locals enjoy farming and fishing, and the abundance of affordable, waterfront properties draw in commuters and retirees. Known by many as the "Daffodil Capital of the World"; it hosts an annual daffodil festival, parade, and flower show and a quaint assortment of retail stores lining Main Street. It's no secret that people love moving to Gloucester.
Gloucester is located at the eastern end of the lower part of the Middle Peninsula and includes the York, Ware, North, and Piankatank Rivers, all of which eventually empties into the lower Chesapeake Bay. Expansive compared to neighboring areas, Gloucester’s land area measures 218 square miles, nearly double the size of neighboring Newport News and Hampton combined. The population of the county, now 37,143, grew 60% between 1970 and 2000.
Restaurants and Local Scene
The culinary scene is surprisingly robust for such a low-density locale. A couple of dozen excellent restaurants thrive across the county, with nearly all of them being locally owned and operated establishments. Locals and visitors rave about the creative, delicious, fresh-from-scratch options at Lulu Bird’s Kitchen and the oysters, crab, & soft shells at Olivia’s In The Village (especially the seafood crepes!).
The Nuttall Country Store and Post Office is a source of great pride for folks in Ware Neck. In continuous operation since it’s origins as the Arthur Tabb store which opened in 1877, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places and, these days makes sandwiches to order Monday through Saturday as well as offering a wide array of goodies you’d expect in a country store!
Officially founded in 1651, the county was named after Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester. The area’s rich history relating to the Revolutionary period and indigenous Algonquian-speaking tribes making up the Powhatan Confederacy draw some tourism to the area. The Gloucester Museum of History displays a variety of artifacts with rotating shows and the county provides a number of self-guided tour documents allowing history buffs to visit and learn about a number of historical sites including Walter Reed’s birthplace and Roswell, “America’s Magnificent Ruin,” one of colonial America’s grandest mansions, built nearly 300 years ago.
So, whether you are looking for wide open spaces and water views at a great price, or seeking a cozy community for a peaceful living, we hope that you will soon call Gloucester “home”. We look forward to showing you the best parts of this amazing county!