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Charles City County Virginia

Westover Plantation House, ca. 1750, Virginia Route 5, west of Charles City, National Register

Photo: Westover Plantation House, ca. 1750, Virginia Route 5, west of Charles City, on the banks of the James River. Considered the seat of the William Byrd Family; William Byrd II founded the City of Richmond. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, the home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. Photographed by User:Stephen Lea (own work), 2006, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed May, 2015.

Charles City County administrative offices are located at 10900 Courthouse Road, Charles City, VA 23030; phone:804-829-5819.

Beginnings [1]

Named for Prince Charles (who later became King Charles I), the Charles City Corporation was established in 1618 and became Charles City County in 1634 when the colony was divided into eight "shires." The original county contained lands on both sides of the James River between James City County on the east and Henrico County on the west; it extended to the south and west for an indefinite distance.

It is believed that the first county seat was located at City Point, originally known as Charles City Point, now part of the City of Hopewell. In 1702 the county was divided in two — the portion below the James River becoming Charles City County and the north side of the river retaining the name Charles City County.

  1. Staff, Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, James W. Moody, Jr., Director, Charles City County Court House, Charles City, VA, nomination document, 1969, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
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