Unspoiled, Unhurried & Uncommon

The people of Charles City have been graciously welcoming visitors ever since Captain John Smith called upon the Chickahominy Indians to trade for corn in the winter of 1607. Unspoiled, unhurried and uncommon are three words that describe the county today. Unspoiled forests, fields and rivers provide great opportunities for fishing, bird watching, boating, biking and walking. The unhurried pace offers a rejuvenating escape for those seeking to stay in a quaint bed and breakfast inn or dine in a unique setting. An uncommon opportunity to see great plantations in their original, unspoiled landscape is provided by the county’s unparalleled collection of James River Plantations.



River’s Rest Marina

Sherwood Forest

Upper Shirley Vineyard


Virginia Capital Trail


Charles City County is a living museum of history, architecture and man’s stewardship of the land. Her residents have witnessed every major event in American history and given their lives in the making of a nation. Its world-renowned plantation homes and other historic sites are vessels of our nation’s history. They are the homes and workplaces of patriots and presidents, agricultural pioneers, merchants, millers, Native Americans and African Americans; but, they are above all – timeless treasures in a timeless setting.

Garden Week (April)

Cap to Cap Bike (May)

Ft. Pocahontas Re-enactment (May)

First Thanksgiving (November)

Chickahominy Powwow (September)

County Fair (September)

Autumn Pilgrimage (September)

Ruritan Steak Feast (September)

Ghost Tours (October)

Christmas Tours (December)


Annual Charles City events offer something for everyone; ranging from Indian dancing and Civil War re-enactments to Garden and Ghost tours, and from Steak Feasts to major biking events. Plan your visit to coincide with the event that tickles your fancy.

  • April
  • Garden Week
  • May
  • Cap to Cap Bike
  • June
  • Fort Pocahontas re-enactment
  • September
  • Chickahominy Powwow
  • County Fair
  • Ruritan Steak Feast
  • Westover Church Autumn Pilgrimage
  • October
  • Ghost Tours
  • November
  • First Thanksgiving
  • December
  • Christmas Tours