Shopping, schools, state parks, close proximity to Richmond City – you can’t go wrong in Chesterfield…
About the Area
Chesterfield County is a beautiful area that has been steadily expanding over the last several years. Located just south of Richmond, Chesterfield borders the James River to the north and the Appomattox River to the south. While Chesterfield was originally a coal-mining area during the 18th century, it has since become a booming bedroom community. Huge draws to the area include multiple planned communities, such as Brandermill and Woodlake on the Swift Creek Reservoir. These are two of the oldest and largest planned housing developments in central Virginia, but are only two of the many desirable communities within Chesterfield.
Back in 2005, Chesterfield County adopted a “sister city.” Gravesham in Kent, England includes the town of Gravesend, where Pocahontas is buried. Matoaca, a town within Chesterfield, is the birthplace of Pocahontas, and the founding reason for the Chesterfield-Gravesham relationship.
Things to Do
If you enjoy the great outdoors, Chesterfield has loads of Outdoor Adventures to get you involved. Places such as Pocahontas State Park, Rockwood Nature Center, and the Dutch Gap Conservation Center include acres of land and miles of trails to explore.
A great part of this county is the community engagement, including cleanup events, multicultural activities, and youth programs. In addition to these events, Chesterfield hosts a county fair each year along with several other festivals. One to note is the National Night Out, which gets neighbors and police spending time outside together for the evening. Both youth and adult team activities are also available for anyone to join.
For more information on things to do in Chesterfield, visit their Community Activities page here.
There are many census designated communities that make up the nearly 350,000 people in Chesterfield County. With so many people, the public school system is large. Chesterfield County Public Schools includes 39 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, and 14 high schools, including a technical center for high school students. In addition, many of the high schools have specialty programs, including Spanish Immersion, Mass Communications, a Center for the Arts, and Health Science programs.