Formed around the James River to the south, Goochland County is a north-western portion of the Greater Richmond area. Goochland County is stock full of history, with its own historical society founded in 1968.
Sites such as the Tuckahoe Plantation, the plantation where Thomas Jefferson grew up, or the historic courthouse and Old Stone Jail allow visitors the opportunity to step into the past. Though originally used as the first headquarters for the Goochland County Historical Society, the Old Stone Jail reopened to the public in 2016 as a restored historical site. Other sites, including Woodlawn, Sabot Hill, and many more are highlighted in great detail by the Historical Society on their Goochland History blog.
Things to Do
The county has something for everyone… Looking to get outside? From hiking and kayaking to hunting and fishing, Goochland has you covered. Learn how with the LL Bean Discovery School classes. Between Goochland and Powhatan, you can find public boat launch and float times to relax and meet with friends and neighbors. Plus youth and adult sport leagues help to get you out and active. Local family wineries provide a taste of the local fruit, and country clubs allow a central social network.
Located north-west of Richmond, Goochland is a smaller county, with a population of about 23,000 people. Around 2,500 children make up the Goochland County Public School system. There are three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, a specialty center, two governor’s schools, as well as an alternative school. Check out the county’s school website to find out more information!