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 | Waterfront David & Katie Horsley Dew, Agents
Freewelcome Lane Contemporary has large river views, protected +6' MLW at pier, charming crab shack and boating storage with a fabulous 4 bedroom custom home all on 5+ private acres.
York River, Gloucester | Waterfront Neena Rodgers & Deb Rowzee, Agents
'Sunset Oasis' on the York River. First offering of this classic custom waterfront home. Sand beach, pier, boat house, boat lift. Spacious home has 4 bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half baths, screened porch opening to pool area, detached garage with workshop and upstairs apartment.
North River, Gloucester | Waterfront Neena Rodgers & Amy Jo Southard, Agents
Ware Neck Lighthouse is a newly constructed, custom built home located on the North River looking out to wide views of Mobjack Bay. Featuring post and beam construction, the home is built on a galvanized steel piling foundation and designed to withstand any weather it may encounter. Truly a one-of-a-kind home, definitely a "must see"!
Thornton Creek, Gloucester | Waterfront, Land Neena Rodgers & Amy Jo Southard, Agents
Snowden Lane Waterfront Lot is gorgeous 4.52 acres with over 1100' of shoreline on Thornton Creek leading into Mobjack Bay. Already cleared and ready for your new home.
Gloucester | Inland Andrea Holt, Agent
Half acre level, wooded building lot located in Gloucester County. Zoning will accommodate manufactured home.
Gloucester | Land Andrea Holt, Agent
Pretty wooded lot in Ware Neck, just around the corner from Ware Neck Post Office. 2.08 acre level, wooded lot, look for Horsley Real Estate Sign.
Burkes Pond, Gloucester | Waterfront , Agent
Enjoy the serenity of this privately located home fronting on Burke's Mill Pond. The home is meticulously kept and offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen with new cabinets and granite counters, spacious living room with gas fireplace, dining room, and pool with surrounding deck.
Piankatank River, Gloucester | Waterfront Neena Rodgers, Agent
Designed for entertaining inside and out with panoramic views on the Piankatank River with expansive decking, screen porch and custom, elegant four bedroom home overlooking the Piankatank Golf Course.