Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce

A Place of History

In 1611, Jamestown settlers left the first European settlement in America to find a better place to raise their families and chose to build the “Citie of Henricus” in what is today known as Chesterfield County, Virginia. Since then, this has been a place where people choose to live, work, and play because of its quality of life. From its venerable history, a rich and diverse culture, a robust economy, a committed government, and outstanding healthcare and education systems, Chesterfield County has much to offer.

Even before its official formation as a county separate from Henrico in 1749, Chesterfield was establishing itself as a leader. Included in its long and celebrated history are many firsts for Virginia and the nation:

1614 - Bermuda Hundred was the first incorporated town in America
1619 - Falling Creek was the first iron furnace in the New World
1622 - Mount Maladay, near Dutch Gap, was the site of the first American hospital
1709 - Midlothian produced the first commercially-mined coal in America
1807 - Midlothian Turnpike was the first paved road in Virginia
1831 - The Midlothian to Manchester Railroad was the first in Virginia
1921 - Father’s Day was originated by three women from Drewry’s Bluff
1995 - Chesterfield receives the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award Gold Medallion
1997 - Dutch Gap Conservation Area, the first conservation area managed by a county in Virginia, was dedicated

Chesterfield County is still leading the way today. Come for a visit and see first hand why we are a FIRST CHOICE COMMUNITY. You may just decide to stay.


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