New Kent County Area Attractions
New Kent County is a gateway to history. Less than 30 minutes away are Jamestown, the site of America’s first English-speaking settlement established in 1607, and Colonial Williamsburg, one of America’s favorite tourist destinations. From Williamsburg, it’s a short drive to historic Yorktown where Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington, ending the Revolutionary War.
St. Peter's Church
"First Church of the First First-Lady"
Located in New Kent County, St. Peter’s Parish was established on April 29, 1678. In the summer of 1700 the vestry ordered that a second Lower Church replace an earlier, structurally weak building known as the Broken Back’d Church. Construction of the new church, began in 1701, and was in use by July 1703.
In January 1759 the Rector of St. Peter’s Parish, the Reverend Mr. David Mossom, solemnized the marriage of Col. George Washington and Martha Dandridge Curtis. It has always been assumed that another future First-Lady, Letitia Christian, later the wife of President John Tyler, was baptized in the parish church in 1790.
The original portion of St. Peter’s Parish Church is one of the few Jacobean structures in America. Its 1740 stump tower is also rare. The body of the church is laid in English bond as are only three other colonial Virginia churches. In the churchyard are several colonial tombs. Arrangements for private tours or large groups must be scheduled in advance.
New Kent Winery and Vineyards
The 17,000 square-foot New Kent Winery is the centerpiece of the New Kent Vineyards development.
It is constructed using materials reclaimed from buildings that are over a century old. Beautiful old heart-pine trusses are from a 1901 Southern Railroad Depot in Richmond. The Heart Pine timbers and floors came from an 1852 Connecticut warehouse.
The exterior appearance was achieved using handmade, pre-Civil War bricks and siding and roof shingles milled from Cypress logs salvaged from North Florida Rivers. The porch roofs are reprocessed copper. The result is an inviting and warm structure that reflects the quality of its wines.
Saudé Creek Vineyards and Winery
Saudé Creek Vineyards with its natural amphitheater is located on a knoll overlooking the beautiful and historic Pamunkey River. The mild climate and mineral-rich clay soils of Virginia’s Tidewater region contribute to the complex and food-friendly wines.
The winery site once boasted Frank’s Tavern, a Colonial Inn and Publick House for wayfarers riding between points north or west and the Colonial Capitol of Williamsburg. George Washington and the French General Rochambeau, among other patriots and notables of the time, reputedly slaked their thirst here.
Gauthier Vineyard, LLC, is a family-owned working farm, equestrian center, vineyard and winery located in scenic New Kent County near the intersection of the LaFayette and Washington-Rochambeau trails to Yorktown.
Like most ground in the county, the farm is rich in history. Local relic hunters have validated its service as a Civil War encampment for both Union and Confederate forces during the lengthy Peninsula Campaign.
The Vineyard Estate at New Kent Winery
The Vineyard Estate at New Kent Winery is a survivor; its roots date to the early 1700’s when the original owners settled in New Kent.
Her fields were active training grounds for the Civil War's 3rd Virginia Cavalry Company F (New Kent Light Dragoons) and other Confederate troops throughout the war. When you walk her trails, you cannot help but step back into time.
The house, vineyard, ice cold spring water, pastures, and surrounding marsh, sometimes visited by the stately Bald Eagle, embody the character, tranquility, and old-world charm of this historic Virginia estate. Here, you can spend time...and go back in time.
Jasmine Plantation Bed & Breakfast
Jasmine Plantation, located in historic New Kent County, Virginia, was originally patented by George Morris in 1680. Morris was a surveyor and a friend of George Washington. He was also a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from New Kent. The existing house, built in 1750, was used as a headquarters for Gen. Washington's Revolutionary Army on Oct. 8th, 1779.
The current owners, Don and Eileen Smith, purchased Jasmine in 2005. They have made extensive improvements to the grounds and turned Jasmine into the showcase it is today.
Nearby in neighboring Charles City County are two of the nation’s earliest and most beautiful plantations that are open to the public year-around.
Visit Berkeley Plantation, one of Virginia’s most historic plantations boasting true southern hospitality and style.
Shirley Plantation is Virginia’s first plantation (1613) and one of the first economic engines of the new world.
Nearby Museums & Memorials
In less than 60 minutes, you can visit some of the nation's premier museums.
- American Civil War Museum
- Children's Museum
- Chrysler Museum of Art
- Hampton Roads
- Mariners' Museum
- Science Museum
Nearby Performing Arts
The area boasts vibrant arts organizations including ballet, crafts, dance, music, opera, symphony, and theater.