Gloucester is is a county in Virginia. Gloucester is located on Virginia's Middle Penninsula, directly across the York River from York County.
Gloucester was founded in 1651 from the original York River Shire. Gloucester is the site of Werowocomoco, the chief city of the Powhatan tribe prior to the arrival of the English. It is a mostly rural county, with large tracts of farmland and a large population of watermen. Its close proximity to the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown have shaped its history.
From the Virginia Penninsula (Yorktown, Newport News, Hampton) and points south, visitors enter Gloucester from US-17 across the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge, spanning the York River. From the Penninsula, US-17 can be easily accessed from Interstate 64.
From Richmond and points West, the easiest way into Gloucester via Interstate 64 is through the town of West Point on State Route 33. SR-33 crosses US-17 at Glenns in the northern part of Gloucester County. Traveling on US-17 South will direct you to the Courthouse and Gloucester Point area.
From the North, one can take I-95 South to I-64 and travel through West Point through Gloucester. Alternatively, US-17 spans from Gloucester to Warrenton, Fredericksburg, and Tappahanock and provides a leisurely, four-lane drive to Gloucester. SR-3 may also be used to get to Gloucester via Fredicksburg, offering scenic views of the Piankatank River along the way.
Gloucester is located approximately 20 minutes from Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport, approximately 60 minutes from Norfolk International Airport, and approximately 90 minutes from Richmond International Airport.
There is no public transportation system in Gloucester County. Vehicle transportation is recommended. The majority of businesses and tourist attractions are located on or near US-17, the main artery through the county.
In the summer months, public beach access is available at Gloucester Point.
Beaverdam Park, located at 8687 Roaring Springs Road, is a 1340 acre park surrounding a 635 acre lake. The park offers numerous hiking trails, and fishing and canoeing are popular activities in the lake.
The annual Daffodil Festival occurs in late March/early April. The festival celebrates Gloucester's status as a large cultivator of the Daffodil Flower. Festivities occur on Main Street in the Gloucester Courthouse area and include food, children's activities, art displays, craft vendors and Daffodil-related exhibits.
The annual Gloucester County Fair occurs in mid-August at Ark Park (off of US-17 South on Number Nine Rd). The fair includes numerous carnival rides, food vendors, food & craft displays, and vendors.
The annual Guinea Jubilee occurs in late September. The festival celebrates the Guinea area of Gloucester County, home to a large population of watermen. The festival is held each year at the Abingdon Ruritan Club off of Guinea Road. The Jubilee showcases the fine seafood of the Guinea area.
The Gloucester Courthouse area, accessible off of US-17 via US-17 Business (Main Street) is home to numerous shops and restaurants.
There are a few sports bars in Gloucester, but no dance clubs or nightclubs. However, many of the full-service restaurants offer bar service.