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Walkers Dam

Old New Kent Courthouse

Racing at Colonial Downs

Bottoms Bridge

Old New Kent Courthouse

Chickahominy River Trail

Colonial Harbor Marina

New Kent Historical Society

Colonial Downs

Wines of New Kent

OUR LOCALITIES

New Kent County

New Kent County is located to the east of Richmond.

New Kent County was established in 1654 from York County and was organized and settled by William Claiborne. The county's name originated because several prominent inhabitants, including William Claiborne, recently had been forced from their settlement at Kent Island, Maryland, by Lord Baltimore upon the formation of Maryland. Claiborne had named the island for his birthplace in Kent, England. New Kent County is the birthplace of two U.S. presidents' wives: Martha Washington and Letitia Christian Tyler. The church where George and Martha Washington are believed to have been wed, St. Peter’s, still holds services today. Native Americans frequented this area as well as nearby Charles City County, and two tribes are still well-established in this area. New Kent's roads, leading from Richmond to Williamsburg, are among the oldest in America. Over them have marched French, British, Revolutionary, Confederate and Union armies.

Community
Profile

2010 Population

18,429

Land area in sq mi

209.73

Persons per sq mi

87.9
The population of
New Kent grew

0%

in the past 24 years.
Median age of residents
increased by 8.3 to

0 years

between 1990 and 2014.
Residents per square mile
increased by

0%

in the past 24 years.

0%

of New Kent's working residents work inside the county.

Local Pride

  • New Kent County Courthouse
  • Colonial Downs
  • St. Peter’s Church
  • New Kent Winery
  • Cumberland Marsh Natural Area Preserve
  • Pamunkey Indian Museum
  • Gauthier Vineyard
  • Brickshire Golf Club
  • Saudé Creek Vineyards
  • Six Bike Routes
  • The New Kent Ordinary

New Kent County Events

  • New Kent Wine Festival
  • Thoroughbred Racing and Historic Horse Racing
  • New Kent County Fair

Learn more

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Sources:
U.S. Decennial Census 1990-2010, American Community Survey, 2014 5-Year Estimates.
U.S. Census, OnTheMap Application, Longitudinal-Employer Household Dynamics Program, 2014.