Gloucester, Virginia, located in the Hampton Roads and Middle Peninsula areas of eastern Virginia, was established in 1651. This area of Virginia is steeped in history dating back to the First Families of Virginia through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and beyond. During the 1600s and 1700s, the area was primarily involved in tobacco growing.
Many of the small town and rural attributes of the area have been retained, as have many of the historic plantations and estates throughout the area (some of the homes are open to the public during Historic Garden Week). Gloucester’s Main Street has been well preserved, and even still has a barber shop. George Washington’s maternal grandmother lived in Gloucester, and her home, Warner Hall, is a Bed & Breakfast today. Thomas Jefferson also spent a lot of time in Gloucester visiting John Page, a former Governor of Virginia and U.S. Congressman.
Gloucester has five rivers, which allows for plenty of sailing, boating and fishing opportunities (as well as plenty of waterfront properties). Located only 75 miles east of Richmond, and less than 160 miles from Washington, DC, Gloucester is conveniently located. It’s also not far from historic Williamsburg, Virginia. The Chesapeake Bay is easily accessed through the rivers in Gloucester.
Gloucester is also the Daffodil Capitol of the World, and holds an annual Daffodil Festival and parade. There are numerous other events throughout the year, including the Gloucester County Fair, Haunted Trail for Halloween, and a number of other parades (including the Annual Lighted Boat Parade on the York River). A complete listing of events can be found here. Additional information about attractions in Gloucester are available here.
Waterfront properties in Gloucester start in the low to mid $300,000s, ranging up to well over $2.5 Million. Properties without water frontage start at around $100,000 and can range to around $1 Million+.
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