Gloucester is a diverse county, with lovely waterfront, rural farmlands, and all the conveniences you need along the Route 17 corridor. It covers 288 square miles, with 70 square miles of water. The current population is approximately 36,000. Located on the Chesapeake Bay, Gloucester has five rivers – the North, Ware, Severn, York, and Piankatank. These wonderful waterways offer terrific fishing, boating, kayaking, and are home to many vacation cottages as well as prestigious estates.
Founded in 1651 in the Virginia Colony, Gloucester was named for Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester. Its history can be traced to pre-Colonial times, when it was the home to many Native American tribes, including the Powhatans. Farming was essential to the Colonial economy, and many 17th and 18th century plantations have been lovingly preserved. Historic sites include Dr. Walter Reed’s birthplace, Ware and Abingdon Churches, and the Colonial Court Circle.
Known as the daffodil capital of the world, Gloucester farmers grow and ship massive numbers of the spring flower, with the Daffodil Festival being held at the height of daffodil season. Another local festival is the annual Guinea Jubilee held each September, which honors the county’s watermen and seafood industry.
Gloucester’s close proximity to the Hampton Roads area makes it a desirable community for those who commute to jobs in the city. The public school system includes five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Health care is readily available at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, as well as many medical offices and urgent care locations.
There are great shopping opportunities in Gloucester, from well-known retail stores to one-of-a-kind antique and gift shops. Main Street is a treasure trove of unique shops, and restaurants offer everything from fine dining to ethnic specialties.
“The land of the life worth living”… an appropriate motto for Gloucester County.
Areas in Gloucester: Gloucester Courthouse, Gloucester Point, Hayes, Dutton, Woods Cross Roads, Bena, Achilles, Bellamy, Belroi, Clay Bank, Glass, Glenns, Harcum, Severn, Ware Neck, White Marsh
Bodies of Water: Chesapeake Bay, Piankatank River, Severn River, York River, Ware River, North River, Aberdeen Creek, Back Creek, Cedar Bush Creek, Dancing Creek, Ferry Creek, Timberneck Creek, Sarah Creek, Vaughan Creek
Piankatank River, Gloucester | Water Access Deb Rowzee, Agent
Piankatank Drive Ranch with community pier and boat ramp, large deck, one-level living, spacious kitchen with dining area, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths.
Gloucester | Inland Diana Wolfson, Agent
Forbes Road Transitional Home is move-in ready & close to Gloucester Courthouse. Schools, restaurants, retail shopping & hospital just minutes away.
Piankatank River, Gloucester | Water Access Bernadette La Casse, Agent
Bristow Beach Cottage is Located in Gloucester & has deeded access to the Piankatank River. This 864 sq. ft. home includes 2 bedrooms, a full bath, open living area with eat-in kitchen & living room.
York River, Gloucester | Waterfront Neena Rodgers & Sandra Lent, Agents
Sunset Haven on the York has wide views, sand beach, & pier w/ lift. The detailed home includes great room w/ fireplace, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, patio, waterside deck, & outdoor chess board.
Gloucester | Inland Bernadette La Casse, Agent
Indian Road Farmhouse is a Charming 1568 Sq. Ft. farmhouse on 12 acres & originally built in 1916 with recent renovations. We're told this home was originally the Ware Church rectory.
Fox Creek, Gloucester | Waterfront Bernadette La Casse, Agent
Silky Way is country living at its best and only 10 miles from Gloucester Courthouse with beautiful views over Fox Creek and an updated home on a private 6 acre lot.
Gloucester | Inland Hunter Law, Agent
Patriots Walk Charmer located in a popular subdivision, this custom built 2575 square foot home sits on private lot with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an attached 2 car garage & access to the community pond.
Ware River, Gloucester | Waterfront Bernadette La Casse & Rosemary Griffith, Agents
Roanes Wharf Farmhouse is a Delightful, Sun-Filled c.1899 Farmhouse tastefully expanded & renovated in 1998 with 300 ft. of Shoreline on the Ware River.