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Emergency (fire, police, ambulance) ...............................911

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Poison Control ........................................................ 828-9123 Youth Crisis Hotline .................................... 1-800-448-4663 Child Abuse Hotline .................................... 1-800-552-7096 Dominion Virginia Power............................ 1-888-667-3000 New Kent Sheriff .................................................... 966-9500 Animal Control ....................................................... 966-9500 Providence Forge Rescue Squad ............................ 966-2801 School Board Office ............................................... 966-9650 Parks and Recreation .............................................. 966-8502 Chamber of Commerce .......................................... 966-8581 Planning Commision .............................................. 966-9690 Voter Registration ................................................... 966-9699 County Administration ........................................... 966-9683 Treasurer ................................................................. 966-9615 Health Department ................................................. 966-9640

ON THE COVER: The historic New Kent Courthouse was constructed in 1909. All photos by Jim Ridolphi, unless otherwise noted.

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Scenic New Kent ..................................................................6 Government Guide ...............................................................8 Board of Supervisors ............................................................9 History of New Kent ..........................................................18 Colonial Downs ..................................................................20 Polling Locations ................................................................21 Message from the Superintendant ......................................22 School Board Members ......................................................22 Economic Development .....................................................24 New Kent Vineyard ............................................................26

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elcome to New Kent County, a thriving community that is rich in heritage with a clear vision for the future. With a thriving real estate market offering a wide array of lifestyle choices throughout the county, New Kent offers a peaceful, unobstructed way of life just minutes from the conveniences of the large retail centers of Richmond and Williamsburg. It’s truly the best of both worlds with carefully planned communities nestled among rural vistas in one of Virginia’s most historic corridors. New Kent County is located along Interstate 64 between Richmond and Williamsburg, and bounded on the north by the Pamunkey and York Rivers. The Chickahominy River forms the southern boundary. Adjacent localities include, Henrico, Hanover, Charles City Counties and the town of West Point.

With easily accessible airports within minutes of New Kent, the county is recognized as one of the 100 fastest growing counties in the United States. Featuring a new high school and several renovated telemetries, the county’s school system is poised for the increases that are sure to follow as development blossoms. The county offers a recreational paradise with numerous historic sites, a winery, world-class golf courses, horse racing at Colonial Downs or a quick trip to the mountains or beach, both within hours of New Kent. Whether it’s catching an award winning bass at Ed Allen’s world famous recreational center or walking a peaceful nature trail, the county offers a quiet respite for all ages and interests. Discover a secret that’s beginning to gather attention up and down the eastern seaboard. Experience the New Kent lifestyle. It’s a timeless way of living that’s easy to get used to.

Above: Whether it’s thoroughbred racing at Colonial Downs or a challenging round of golf at one of the county’s numerous golf courses, New Kent offers something for everyone. Lefft: New Kent Vineyards is one of the county’s latest developments featuring a winery, numerous housing and lifestyle options and a world class golf course. Wide thoroughfares with vineyard lined vistas access the community, a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, only minutes away from all the conveniences.

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Welcome to scenic New Kent County I am honored to welcome you to scenic New Kent County, Virginia, home of two First Ladies. New Kent is strategically located in Central Virginia, along Interstate 64, between Richmond and Williamsburg. It is bounded on the north by the Pamunkey and York Rivers, and on the south by the Chickahominy River. New Kent County was formed in 1654 by the House of Burgesses when it was carved from what was then York County. New Kent’s original land area included what is now the Counties of King William, King and Queen, Spotsylvania, Louisa and parts of Caroline, Hanover and James City Counties. In fact, in the very early years of our country, New Kent County extended to the “edges of the frontier” and therefore, theoretically speaking, to the Pacific Ocean. New Kent is the birthplace of two First Ladies – Martha Washington and Letitia Christian Tyler. It was also the location of the longhouses of Chief Powhatan and his daughter, Pocahontas. Bacon’s Rebellion ended on New Kent soil in 1676. Civil War troops marched and camped in New Kent, and the Washington-Rochambeau route winds through the New Kent countryside. New Kent is also home to several major historical attractions and tourist destinations:

to George and Martha Washington, St. Peter’s is now an active and thriving parish with many activities for all ages. Old New Kent Courthouse After a three-building courthouse complex was partially destroyed by fire during Civil War hostilities in 1862, one of the buildings was repaired and used as the courthouse until the building now known as the old courthouse was built in 1909. The old New Kent Courthouse building now serves as office space. Historic Jail Located in the Courthouse village, the Historic Jail was built in 1910 and is open daily to the public. Cedar Grove Cemetery Cedar Grove Cemetery is the grave site of Letitia Christian Tyler, wife of President John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States. Letitia Christian died on September 10, 1842, while her husband was serving as President, and was buried in the family cemetery on her family’s plantation. The cemetery is open to the public for visitation.

Tourist Destinations Historical Attractions New Kent Winery and Vineyards St. Peter’s Parish Church St. Peter’s Parish was established in 1679. Construction on the present church building began in 1701 and was completed by 1703. A parish with a rich and interesting history, St. Peter’s has been a church to countless people through the years, including some as well known as George and Martha Washington, who were married in this parish (and possibly in the church building itself) in 1759. Robert E. Lee and his family worshipped here and helped rebuild the church after the War Between the States. The parish has known peace and prosperity, war and poverty, happiness and tragedy. Far from being merely a shrine

The 17,000 square-foot New Kent Winery designed by Williamsburg architect John Hopke, is the centerpiece of the New Kent Vineyards development. The winery is constructed using materials reclaimed from buildings that are over a century old. Beautiful old heartpine trusses are from a 1901 Southern Railroad Depot that was located in the Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond. The Heart Pine timbers and floors came from a Connecticut warehouse that was constructed in 1852. The stunning exterior appearance was achieved using handmade, pre-Civil War bricks merged with siding and roof shingles which were milled from Cypress logs that had been submerged in

North Florida Rivers for over one-hundred years. Reprocessed copper bedecks the porch roofs. The result is an inviting and warm structure that reflects the quality wines produced within. In addition to New Kent Winery, New Kent is home to four premier golf courses, a world class Thoroughbred and Harness Racing track as well as many recreational opportunities and options for those interested in the horse industry. All in all, New Kent’s nearly 18,000 residents enjoy a high quality of life in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. These days New Kent is served by its own general aviation airport, and is in close proximity to major commercial airports in Richmond, Newport News and Norfolk. Also conveniently nearby are two major shipping ports -- the Richmond Deepwater Terminal and the Port of Hampton Roads. Over nineteen million travelers annually drive through New Kent along Interstate 64 (53,400 travelers daily), which runs through the entire length of the County and provides four interstate interchanges in New Kent. There is also easy access to both Interstates 95 and 295. Amtrak stations are easily accessed in nearby Williamsburg and Richmond, and Norfolk Southern and CSX provide transport for goods and merchandise. The economy of New Kent is vital and growing. The predominant economic sectors are services, government, construction, trade, agriculture and manufacturing. The County of New Kent’s civilian labor force is roughly 9,148 (2007) and its unemployment rate of 2.7% (2007) is consistently lower than the state and national averages. As County Administrator, I would encourage you to come and visit our rural community. County staff and I look forward to welcoming and sharing with you what we already know – “New Kent is a great place to grow”! For additional information go to or call (804) 966-9861. —John Budesky New Kent County Administrator

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New Kent County Government Guide The County Administrator’s office is located in Room 201 of the administration building at 12007 Courthouse Circle, New Kent, VA 23124. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fax number is (804) 966-9370. County Administrator: John A. Budesky P. O. Box 50 New Kent, VA 23124 (804) 966-9696 Assistant County Administrator: William H. Whitley P O Box 50 New Kent VA 23124 (804) 966-9695 Deputy Clerk of the Board: Connie C. Nalls P. O. Box 50 New Kent, VA 23124 (804) 966-9687

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Executive Assistant: Krista M. Jones P. O. Box 50 New Kent, VA 23124 (804) 966-9683 Board of Supervisors New Kent County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors, whose members serve concurrent fouryear terms. Members are elected by district. The term of the current Board runs from Jan. 1, 2008 through Dec. 31, 2011. The Board normally holds its regular business meetings at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, with public hearings starting no earlier than 7 p.m. Work sessions in 2008 will be held at 8:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. All meetings are held in the Boardroom of the County Administration Building located at 12007 Courthouse Circle, New Kent, Virginia, 23124 unless otherwise advertised.

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Continued from page 8 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEMBERS District 1 Voting Precincts: Tunstall & Southern Branch Thomas W. Evelyn 9245 Old Church Road New Kent VA 23124 (804) 310-7333 District 2 Voting Precincts: Quinton & Kentwood D. M. “Marty” Sparks 6831 North Hairpin Drive Quinton VA 23141 (804) 932-3910 District 3 Voting Precincts: Watkins & Cumberland James H. Burrell 2008 Chairman 14510 Ebb Circle Lanexa VA 23089 (804) 380-4264 District 4 Voting Precincts: Airport & Chickahominy River Stran L. Trout 7200 Lakeshore Drive Quinton VA 23141 (804) 932-3663

District 5 Voting Precincts: Eltham & Providence Forge W. R. “Ray” Davis, Jr. 2008 Vice Chairman 7610 Davis Pond Road Eltham VA 23181 (804) 843-4001 Office of the County Attorney The County Attorney is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to advise and represent them, the County Administrator, the various commissions and boards they appoint, and County employees as they go about the County’s business. The County Attorney also represents the Planning Commission, the Economic Development Authority, and the Department of Social Services. Currently, the Office consists of one lawyer and one legal assistant. We’re open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can reach us through the county switchboard at (804) 9669861. Our fax number is (804) 966-9370. Our mailing address is: Office of the County Attorney Post Office Box 50 12007 Courthouse Circle New Kent, Virginia 23124-0050 Constitutional Officers „ The office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court dates from 1619. The clerk serves as the recorder of deeds and probate judge, issues marriage licenses and is the official court administrator for all civil and criminal court cases. The clerk creates and maintains all court files and records, prepares court orders and jury lists, contacts jurors and issues summonses and court processes.

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Continued from page 10 Clerk of Circuit Court Karen Butler P O Box 98 New Kent VA 23124 Phone: (804) 966-9520 Fax: (804) 966-9528 „ Commissioners of the Revenue are the chief tax-assessing officers in Virginia’s cities and counties. They handle the assessment of real estate taxes (in some cities and large suburban counties, assessors handle this function), personal property taxes, business license fees, consumer utility taxes, machinery and tools taxes, merchants capital taxes and special taxes on meals, lodging and cigarettes. Commissioners also help residents complete state tax returns. Commissioner of Revenue Laura M. Ecimovic P.O. Box 99 New Kent, Virginia 23124 Phone: (804) 966-9612 Fax: (804) 966-5562 Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. „ Commonwealth’s Attorneys represent the people of Virginia in prosecuting criminal cases — similar to a district attorney in many other states. In large counties and cities, they serve as full-time prosecutors and appoint one or more assistants to handle cases. In some smaller localities, they are part-time and may maintain a private practice. Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory P O Box 221 New Kent VA 23124 Phone: (804) 966-5548 Fax: (804) 966-5034

Providence Forge Fire and Rescue is one of several volunteer fire departments throughout the county.

Sheriff F. W. Howard, Jr. P O Box 186 New Kent, VA 23124 Phone: (804) 966-9500 Fax: (804) 966-5050 „ Treasurers are the chief financial officers for their localities, collecting taxes and local fees and making payments on behalf of the local government. Treasurers are responsible for every form of revenue that comes in — real estate taxes, personal property taxes, license taxes, water and sewage charges, permit fees, state income tax and court, sheriff and clerk fees. They also manage investment of local funds and maintain records of local finances. Treasurer Herbert C. Jones, Jr. P. O. Box 109 New Kent, VA 23124 Phone: (804) 966-9615 Fax: (804) 966-8538

Libraries „ The responsibilities of a Sheriff vary from locality to locality. In some counties, including New Kent, sheriffs provide all law enforcement services, including investigating crimes and making arrests. In cities and large suburban counties, police departments handle these functions. All Virginia sheriffs provide security in local courthouses, serve legal papers throughout their jurisdictions, summon jurors and witnesses and carry out court judgments. They often maintain local jails and other local corrections programs and transport criminal defendants to and from corrections facilities.

Heritage Public Library serves the citizens of Charles City and New Kent. Library patrons from both counties are free to use whichever branch is more convenient or accessible to them. Your library card works at both branches. You can request items from either library branch to be brought to the library branch that you use and you can return your library items to either location. Boards, Commissions and Committees in New Kent Affordable Housing Advisory Committee: Created by the Board of Supervisors in January 2006 to assist in the development of an affordable housing policy for New Kent. This group is comprised of one appointee from each election district, one at-large member, representatives from the ministe-

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rial association, Quin Rivers Agency, New Kent Social Services, and County staff. Meets at 6 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month in the Old Courthouse. Length of terms not yet defined. Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee: Advises the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors and assists in creating, reviewing, modifying, continuing or terminating agricultural and forestal districts within the County, and renders expert advice as to the nature of farming and forestry, as well as agricultural and forestal resources within the district. Meets “as needed” at 7:30 p.m. in the Boardroom. Four year terms. Comprised of one appointee from each election district and three at-large members (four members must be landowners engaged in agricultural or forestal production) as well as one member of the Board of Supervisors and the Chief Property Assessment Officer.

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ganization, direction and administration of the New Kent Airport. Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 6 p.m. at the New Kent Airport. Is comprised of one appointee from each election district, and one member of the Board of Supervisors. Four-year terms. Board of Building Code Appeals/ Board of Fire Prevention Code Appeals: Hears appeals from the local building department concerning application of the Building Code and/or from an owner/occupant of a structure who disagrees with the interpretation of the Fire Prevention Code. Meets “as needed”. Four-year terms. Comprised of at-large members (and alternates) of different occupations or professional fields relating to the construction industry, preferably an expert builder, a licensed architect or professional engineer, an experienced property manager, and a fire prevention expert.

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The function of this group is to develop litter control programs for which State litter control grants can be expended; is dedicated to the cause of a cleaner, more attractive community; conducts publicity campaigns and education programs on litter control; promotes law enforcement as it relates to litter, programs for the removal of litter, placement of anti-litter signs, litter containers and programs including recycling; promotes the preservation of trees and the encouragement/support of beautification projects undertaken by various organizations. Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except June, July, August & December) at 6 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse. Four-year terms. Composed of one appointee from each election district and two at-large members Economic Development Authority: The function of this body is to promote the orderly economic growth of New Kent without detriment to the County’s natural environment and in a manner consistent with the direction provided by the Board

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Our member businesses offer a wide variety of products and services to the New Kent community. Next time you buy, look for the New Kent Chamber logo and be sure to support your local merchants. New Kent Chamber of Commerce 7324 Vineyard Parkway New Kent, VA 23124 (804) 966-8581 TO BECOME A MEMBER visit for more information



Simmons Electrical Contractors 804-932-3231

Classe Critters – Pet Grooming 804-337-3555 Thompson’s Border Collie Farm 804-357-8059 Tunstall Station, LLC 804-932-4211

EVENT PLANNING Prestigious Affairs, Special Event Planning 757-566-8333

EXCAVATING Howard Brothers Contractor Inc. 804-966-2762 Mark Owens 757-880-3500


Ron Stiers Photography LLC 804-966-2744 Say Cheeez! Photography 804-966-1855

Haley-Mansfield-Koptish Financial Group of Wachovia Securities 804-695-1999


Woodbourne Kampground 804-932-3693

Burdette Resources, Inc. 804-932-9416 Claude W. Carmack, CPA, P.C. 804-427-1040 ext. 104


G 5 Promotions Richmond Times-Dispatch 804-649-6085 ZinZang Studio, LLC 804-966-9021

New Covenant Community Church 804-932-5383



Cypress Point Alpacas, Inc. 757-566-1380

ARCHITECTURE Hopke & Associates, Inc. 757-229-1100

ASSOCIATIONS AND BUSINESS GROUPS New Kent Retail Center, LLC/New Kent Commons 804-966-1200 Retail Merchants Association 804-662-5500

ATTORNEY/LAWYER Hirschler Fleischer 804-771-9500 New Kent County Attorney 804-966-8559 T. Scott Renick Attorney at Law 804-932-3444

AUTO Bottoms Bridge Tire & Auto Care LLC 804-932-9919 Jim & Glenn’s Auto Service 804-966-6779 Medlin Motor Co. Inc. 804-843-2500 Quinn Chrysler Dodge Jeep 804-843-2555 Taylor & Harrison, Inc. 804-966-2231 Wood’s Body Shop LLC 804-966-5183

BANKING/MORTGAGE LENDERS Baylands Federal Credit Union 804-843-2520 ext. 154 Brickshire Mortgage dba Brickhouse Mortgage 804-869-2590 Citizens & Farmers Bank 804-966-2264 EVB 804-932-8279 SunTrust Mortgage 757-259-1310 The Old Point National Bank 757-229-3662 Union Bank & Trust 757-258-7678

BLINDS Affordable Blinds 804-326-2534



Ed Allen’s Campground and Cottages 804-966-2582

CIVIL ENGINEERING/SURVEYING Bury + Partners 757-229-1776 R&J Housecleaning Services 804-829-9119

COMPUTERS Cross Platform Solutions 804-938-4200 Information Technology Cooperative (IT C-op) 804-370-5014 JET Networking Solutions, Inc. 804-932-5160 Net Trek, Inc. 757-593-8735 PC Training and Consulting 757-593-8735

CONCRETE Rappahannock Concrete Corp. 804-693-6115

CONSTRUCTION/HEAVY HIGHWAY Curtis Contracting Inc. 804-843-4633


SNAP Fitness 804-932-8877

POOLS/SPAS JPS Pool & Spa LLC 804-966-7899

Capitol Oil Co., Inc. 804-271-1220 K.M. Ladd, Inc. 804-737-2353 Virginia Natural Gas 757-616-7507



ROF Racing LLC 804-932-5400

GOVERNMENT/COUNTY Christopher K. Peace – Delegate 804-370-7708 New Kent Administration 804-966-9696 New Kent County Dept. of Community Development 804-966-9690 New Kent County Dept. of Economic Development 804-966-9631 Trout, Stran L. – New Kent Supervisor, District 4 804-932-3663

HOME INSPECTIONS HomePro-Valued Home Inspections, Inc. 804-966-2235

HOTEL/MOTEL/BED & BREAKFAST Historic Jasmine Plantation B&B 804-966-9836 Star Motel 804-932-2205 Wallace Manor B&B 804-966-2858 Washington Burgess Inn 804-843-2100

HVAC Old Mill Mechanical, Inc. 804-932-5060

INSURANCE Becky Ringley State Farm 804-513-1626 C. L. Harrison Insurance 804-932-4822 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company 804-359-5372 ext. 5338 Northwestern Mutual Financial Network 757-476-6734 Thrift Insurance Corp. 804-966-1600

East Coast Bricking Co. 804-843-2584 Sweet Homes Inc. 804-732-9304




Gammon Well Co., Inc. 804-966-2615

CONTRACTORS/GENERAL Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. 757-566-4892 Charles E. Moss Co., Inc. 804-966-9802 Donald J. Seeterlin Construction, Inc. 804-843-3517 Henderson Inc., General Contractor 757-565-1090 K&S Remodeling Co., Inc. 804-986-2584 Michael J. Hipple Builders, Inc. 757-565-1725

CONVENIENCE/GENERAL STORE Hayseed’s Southern States 804-557-3055


PLUMBING Bland’s Plumbing Inc. 804-966-5950

Hawthorne Laundry 804-737-2881 Cobb Lumber Company 804-358-3801


Bay Transit 804-758-2386

RACING/MOTORSPORTS REAL ESTATE Alliance One Realty 804-966-8240 Brooks Real Estate, Inc. T/A Coldwell Banker Traditions 757-229-9595 Caroline Remillard 804-901-1035 CGR Consulting Group 757-903-4628 Drucker and Falk, LLC 757-873-1401 Duncan Realty 804-932-9144 First Williamsburg Realty, Ltd. 757-566-4499 Francisco Robinson & Assoc. Realtors 804-966-2388 Great South Realty 804-932-9614 Liz Moore and Associates Commercial Services 757-784-1006 New Kent Courthouse Village, LLC 804-557-3166 Prudential McCardle Realty, Inc. 757-345-3834 York River Realty Co. 804-843-4707

RESTAURANT Antonio’s Pizza LLC 804-966-1486 New Kent Hospitality Corporation 804-932-4218

RESTAURANT SUPPLIES/SERVICE CKB Swanson, Inc. dba FiltaFry 804-557-3301

SECURITY Safe&Sound LLC 804-843-9077

SEPTIC/SEWER Brockwell’s Septic & Service, Inc. 804-932-8289

SIGN MANUFACTURER Signs By Tomorrow 804-270-4003


Colonial Harbor Marina Inc. 804-966-5523

Adams Sports Mart 804-966-5509 Cole Sporting Goods 804-932-8678



Kennedy & Green Communications 804-353-1264

Cogburn Consulting 804-932-8669



Southworth Mechanical Corp. 804-222-9066

All Creatures Animal Clinic 804-966-2767



Chickahominy Family Practice 804-932-4388 Sentara HealthCare 757-594-8079

American H2O Technologies, LLC 877-426-7767

Comfort Keepers 804-966-1997

DECORATIVE PAINTING Creative Finishes 804-932-8647

We would like to thank all of our 2008 Media Sponsors.

EDUCATION Academy of New Kent Preschool & Child Development Center 804-932-5439 Entry Realty School 804-517-8882

Obermeyer Computer Consulting LLC 804-651-0062 Outside The Box Consulting, Inc. 804-966-2813 Solutions Consulting 804-966-7370 The Houston Group, LLC 804-966-7877 Williamsburg Investment Group Ltd. 757-229-9600

CarpetPro, Inc. 804-932-4646




Royal New Kent Golf Club 757-566-1138 The Golf Club at Brickshire 804-966-7888


OFFICE SUPPLIES Impact Imaging Enterprises Inc. 804-966-8686

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Continued from page 13 of Supervisors in the County’s Land Use Plan and Ordinance. Meets at 8:30 a.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Kent England Room at the Visitors & Commerce Center. Four-year terms. Composed of one appointee from each election district and two at-large members. Electoral Board: Members of this body are appointed by the Judge of the New Kent Circuit Court to serve three-year terms. Equalization Board: Members of this five-member board are nominated by the Board of Supervisors for Circuit Court appointment. This board has specific powers limited to the review of real estate taxation, which include receiving and hearing complaints about the fair market value or uniformity of assessments from taxpayers or their agents; receiving and hearing complaints concerning objections to assessments from taxpayers or their agents, or the locality; correcting any known duplication or omissions in the assessment rolls; and holding advertised public meetings. Terms are for one year from the date the current assessment is effective. Farms of New Kent Community Development Authority Board: Created in December 2005 for the purpose of exercising all powers of Va. Code Section 15.2-5113 et seq, including financing, funding, planning, establishing, acquiring, constructing or reconstructing, enlarging, extending, equipping, operating and maintaining infrastructure improvements within the designated CDA district. Meets “as needed” in the Old Courthouse. Four-year terms. Composed of one appointee from each election district and alternates. Historic Commission: The purpose of this commission is to preserve and protect historic sites, structures and areas within the County. Activities include identifying significant sites and structures and documenting historic events; increasing the public’s awareness of the existence and value of sites, struc-

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tures and events; preparing brochures, documents and exhibits for distribution and display; advising the Board of Supervisors on development which may affect historical sites and structures; acquiring and preserving artifacts, books, papers, documents and other material pertaining to New Kent’s history. Meets on the 4th Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 4 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Historic Courthouse. Four-year staggered terms. Comprised of one appointee from each election district (each with an alternate), two at-large members, and one ex officio member of the Board of Supervisors. Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission: The function of this commission is to serve as liaison between the citizens, Board of Supervisors and New Kent Parks & Recreation, and to make recommendations on matters relating to the recreational needs of the citizens. Responsibilities include the preparation, adoption and maintenance of a parks & recreation master plan; to help in identifying funding sources and securing funds for the County’s parks & recreation service and facilities; and increase public awareness of the existence and value of parks & recreation opportunities. Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Three-year terms. Composed of one appointee from each election district, as well as a representative from the Schools and the Board of Supervisors.

Planning Commission: The function of this commission is to promote the orderly development of the locality and its environs. Meets on the 3rd Monday of each month in the Boardroom. Four-year terms. Composed of two appointees from each election district and one member of the Board of Supervisors. Purchase of Development Rights Committee: Created in May 2006 with the adoption of Ordinance O-04-06 to promote the PDR program in cooperation with the program administrator, by providing educational materials to the public and conducting informal meetings; review the rankings of applications and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors as to which conservation easements should be purchased; periodically review the program’s regulations, guidelines, administrative procedures and promote and recommend any changes needed to maintain the program’s consistency with the Comp Plan or to improve the administration, implementation and effectiveness of the program; appoint an Appraisal Review Committee. Meeting schedule has not yet been developed. Three-year terms. Comprised of one appointee from each election district and two at-large. Road Viewers, Board of: The function of this board is to advise the Board of Supervisors and make recommendations on local road issues. Meets

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“as needed”. One-year terms. Composed of one appointee from each election district. Social Services Advisory Board: Acts in an advisory capacity to the Director of Social Services with respect to the duties and functions imposed by the Code of Virginia; interests itself in all matters pertaining to public assistance and social services for the people of New Kent; and monitors the formulation and implementation of social services programs. Meets at 8:30 a.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November at the Social Services office in Providence Forge. Four-year terms. Comprised of one appointee from each election district and one member of the Board of Supervisors. Transportation Safety Commission: Serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and acts as a clearinghouse for information and requests to State and local agencies from County citizens on matters relating to highway

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and transportation safety. Meets quarterly on the 2nd Wednesday of January, April, July and October at 1 p.m. at Firestation No. 1. Four-year terms. Composed of two appointees from each election district as well as ex officio members that include a representative from the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff’s Office, Area State Police Sergeant, Fire Chief, Rescue Squad Captain, School Board Director of Transportation, and representatives from VDOT and DMV. Wetlands Board (also serves as Chesapeake Bay Preservation Board) : Holds public hearings for the issuance of wetlands permits and granting such permits for the use of development of wetlands areas (bulkheads, rip rap revetments, RPA encroachments, boat ramps, etc.) so as to preserve and prevent the despoliation and destruction of wetlands within its jurisdiction while accommodating necessary economic development in a manner consistent with wetlands preservation. Meets “as needed” on the first Thursday of each month in the Boardroom of the County

Administration Building. Five-year terms. Composed of one appointee from each election district as well as alternates. Board of Zoning Appeals Board of Zoning Appeals hears and decides appeals from any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative officer in the administration or enforcement of this article or of any ordinance adopted pursuant thereto. Meets “as needed”. Five-year terms. Composed of one appointee from each election district and alternates, recommended by the Board of Supervisors and appointed by the Circuit Court Judge. Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Committee: Created in February 2006 to study and make recommendations for revision of the zoning Ordinance. Meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Courthouse and at Firestation No. 1. No defined terms. Composed of two appointees from each election district.







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History and heritage come together in New Kent Founded in 1654, New Kent County was once a portion of Charles River County, one of the original eight shires in Virginia designated in 1634. Original boundaries included parts or all of King and Queen, King William, Spotsylvania and Hanover Counties. The present boundaries of the county were established in 1766 through exchanges with James City County. The town of Brick House was formed in 1680 and served as the county seat and home of the Clerk of the Court. One of New Kent’s first clerks, Thomas Hall, was a supporter of Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676, and was hung for his loyalty to the Virginia revolutionary. The town of Cumberland came within three votes in the legislature of becoming Virginia’s capital, replacing Williamsburg after its Capitol building was burned. The village of New Kent became the county seat in 1691, but most county records were destroyed by fire in 1787, and many others were destroyed during the Civil War. As the Union Army passed through various counties in Virginia, many courthouses were looted and records were destroyed.

Providence Forge was the home of a colonial forge, established early in the county’s timeline. British general Banister Tarleton destroyed the facility, and the existence of the town was not rediscovered until after the great flood of 1868. New Kent County played a significant role in Revolutionary War history. Both Washington and Lafayette utilized routes through New Kent to corner Cornwallis at Yorktown. Credited with supplying information that assisted the Americans in securing victory at Yorktown, well known slave and spy, James Armistead lived in New Kent. Following the war, Armistead’s good deeds didn’t go unnoticed by the Virginia legislature who granted him money

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work of native government and commerce. At the height, the nation boasted more than 20,000 native Americans. The resulting battles between settlers and natives is an important part of New Kent history. Forts were built in the New Kent frontier to prevent further skirmishes, and by 1646, the great Algonquian nation was almost extinct. Another key figure in New Kent history is Rev. George W. Watkins, recognized as a pioneer in African American education in the county. Watkins served as pastor at Elam Baptist Church in Charles City County and Second Liberty Baptist Church in New Kent. With the aid of his wife, Watkins opened a one room school for black students in 1931. From those humble beginnings, the New Kent Training School emerged under the guidance of the Watkins.

The historic jail located in the Courthouse complex is home to the New Kent County Historical Society.

to buy his freedom and purchase 40 acres of land in St. Peter’s Parish. He lived in the county until his death in 1830. Native Americans, the first residents of New Kent County, continue to provide a vital element to the county’s culture and history. Pamunkey, Mattaponi and Chickahominy tribes and their descendants still remain in the area. They are a small representation of a mighty nation of tribes that once thrived in the area. When Spanish settlers and English settlers arrived in the area, they discovered an organized net-

They were known for providing a well rounded education with a strong emphasis on citizenship. The Watkins continued a life long dedication to minorities in the county until the Reverend’s death in 1972. The George W. Watkins school was dedicated in 1950 to honor the noted educator’s contributions to education for all students in New Kent County. The New Kent Historical Society helps to conserve and promote the county’s unique historical resources. The Society is headquartered at the old jail in the courthouse area that serves as an office and museum. Collections, documents, photographs and artifacts are currently being gathered for historical research and preservation. Displays of historical interest and of special times in county history are being created in public buildings and at the old jail.

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Home of the Virginia Derby, Colonial Downs attracts enthusiasts from up and down the east coast and has been the horse racing destination in the area. The horses run during the summer and harness racing is featured in the fall. It’s also home to the Colonial Turf Cup

Colonial Downs features thoroughbred racing at its best Colonial Downs is Virginia’s only pari-mutuel horse racetrack, and it’s located right here in New Kent County at Exit 214 off I-64. The track features a summer thoroughbred racing season, a fall harness racing season, and an ever growing year-round slate of special events. Eighty percent of the summer thoroughbred races are held over the Secretariat Turf Course, which at 180 feet wide, is the widest grass surface of any track in North America. The 1¼ mile dirt track is the country’s second largest, next to Belmont’s. The large dirt track enables harness horses to pace or trot a one mile distance while encountering just one turn, the only track anywhere to offer this unique configuration. The Virginia Derby is Colonial Down’s annual showcase event. Generally held in mid-July, the $750,000 Grade II event is broadcast live on CBS Sports and draws over 9,000 fans to the New Kent oval. Thoroughbred racing’s top three year old turf horses, along with the sport’s top jockeys and trainers compete 1¼ miles in the Virginia Derby. The $600,000 Grade III Colonial Turf Cup, a Derby prep race of sorts, is held four weeks prior. Summer racing is generally held on a Friday thru Tuesday basis from mid-June thru early August. Races begin at 5 PM during the week and 1 PM on weekends. A two-day “Racing to the Stars & Stripes” Festival is held over 4th of July weekend and features horse racing, a patriotic concert and fireworks. Fall harness races begin in mid-September and continue thru early November. Opening weekend festivities coincide with the New Kent County Fair, which also is held at Colonial Downs. In mid-October, the country’s top trotters are invited to Colonial Downs to compete in the $100,000 Patriot Trot and several weeks later, top Virginia-bred pacers and trotters compete in the annual $350,000 (est.) “Day of Champions” event.

Can’t make it to the track? Colonial Downs has eight Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers in Virginia where fans can watch and wager live horse races year-round via satellite from around the country. Two OTB Centers are in Richmond, two are in Hampton Roads, another is in Alberta (45 minutes south of Petersburg on I-85), and three are in southwest Virginia — in Vinton, Martinsville and Scott County. Colonial Downs also offers an advance deposit wagering service called “EZ Horseplay”, which allows horseplayers to deposit money in an account and wager online via the internet site. Streaming video from most tracks is available through that site as well. For more information on Colonial Downs, call 804-966RACE (7223) or visit

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New Kent County polling locations District 1

District 3

District 5

Precinct: Tunstall Hopewell Church 5061 Hopewell Rd, New Kent

Precinct: Watkins George W. Watkins Elementary School 6501 New Kent Hwy, Quinton

Precinct: Eltham

Precinct: Southern Branch Providence United Methodist Church 4001 New Kent Hwy, Quinton

Precinct: Cumberland New Elam Baptist Church 8101 Cumberland Rd, New Kent

District 2

District 4

Precinct: Quinton St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish 2631 Pocahontas Trl, Quinton

Precinct: Airport New Kent Airport Terminal Bldg 6901 Terminal Rd, Quinton

Precinct: Kentwood Kentwood Heights Baptist Church 2607 New Kent Highway, Quinton

Precinct: Chickahominy River Ebenezer Baptist Church 14410 Rockahock Rd, Lanexa

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New Kent Schools eye exciting new year For the past several years, the New Kent School Board has been working tirelessly to make sure school facilities are ready to meet the demands of the 10th fastest growing community in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Over the past few years both elementary schools have been renovated and expanded. This year, New Kent County Public Schools will open a brand new high school with the capacity to serve 1,400 students. This new facility will also allow the school division to relocate the middle school program to the existing high school building. As a result, New Kent will have the best school facilities in its history. They will provide an excellent learning environment for our students at all grade levels. The School Board and staff have carefully monitored the project to make sure that the building opens on the first day of school, September 2. The school division has also carefully utilized the funding for this project to secure state of the art technology, which will provide interactive whiteboards in every classroom as well as eight thirty-station computer labs. The building also will have wireless capabilities in several locations that can be expanded in the future to provide a fully wireless environment. The new high school will contain excellent academic and athletic facilities, as well as a 700 seat auditorium that will be able to host school and community fine arts programs. The New Kent Educational Foundation is providing an opportunity for citizens to recognize family members by sponsoring a Giving Tree that will be placed in the lobby adjacent to the auditorium. As the school division has prepared for opening our new facilities, students have continued to excel in the classroom. Preliminary SOL results would indicate that, once again, all four schools will be fully accredited and notable gains have

been achieved in a number of areas. The academic accomplishments of our school division were recognized last year when the division received the State Board of Education’s Competence to Excellence Award. Only 25 of the 134 school divisions in the state were so honored. SOL results again will be used in the fall to determine our school division’s status under No Child Left Behind. The school division has welcomed two new educational leaders to its staff within the last several months. Mr. Nate Collins was hired this past year and serves as the Director of Secondary Instruction. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Virginia. Mrs. Cynthia Pitts was hired most recently as our Director of Human Resources. Mrs. Pitts holds degrees from Longwood College and the College of William and Mary. Both administrators bring with them a wealth of knowledge and skills, as well as leadership experiences from other school divisions. The improved school facilities, enthusiastic and talented staff, and students who have established excellent academic records are poised to help the division continue the pursuit of excellence. Together with our parents and community we stand on the threshold of a very exciting 2008-2009 school year. — J. Roy Geiger, II Superintendent Note: Superintendent Geiger provided this welcoming message on the New Kent Schools’ website. For more information, contact them at

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Build your business in New Kent County The Heart Of Virginia Located in the heart of Virginia and U.S. history, New Kent County is a modern and dynamic community recognized as one of the 100 fastest growing localities in the United States. The county offers a beautiful setting for living and working in a relaxed atmosphere. New Kent County´s Eastern Central Virginia location is a great place to set up your next warehouse, industrial or commercial sites. Please check us out to learn of our information and services plus the many opportunities available for doing business in New Kent County, Virginia. Rockcreek Villas is an innovative development close to Providence Forge.

Central East Coast At the heart of the Central East Coast, New Kent is within 750 miles of over 55% of the nation’s population and nearly 60% of its personal income and consumer expenditures. It’s bisected by I-64 with four high-traffic count exits, and its intersection with I-295 is just 3 miles to the west. No matter the size or type of business, you can rest assured that New Kent County has the advanced utility, communication and transportation network necessary to help drive your enterprise into the future.

Dynamic MSAs New Kent is strategically located directly between two of the nation’s most dynamic metropolitan statistical areas: Richmond-Petersburg and Williamsburg-Hampton Roads. Richmond is 15 miles west, Williamsburg is 15 miles east, Norfolk is 60 miles southeast, Washington, DC is 100 miles north and Atlanta, New York and Boston are within 500 miles. This dynamic location has positive impacts on consumer needs, labor availability, and multiple workforce skills. A Great Place To Live

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New Kent is home to four premier golf courses, a beautiful new winery and a world class Thoroughbred and Harness Racing track and it’s bordered on the south by the Chickahominy River and on the north and east by the Pamunkey and York Rivers. Business Benefits And, there are the benefits of Virginia: ranked by Forbes. com for two consecutive years as the best state for business.

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The New Kent Winery opened its doors in 2008 producing wine from vines first planted in 2001. The building is a unique combination of reclaimed materials from bygone eras and is open for tours and tastings. The bricks date back to before the Civil War and some beams were reclaimed from Shockhoe Bottom.

Winery highlights New Kent Vineyards Reclaiming a colonial Virginia tradition, some of the state’s finest wines are once again being produced in New Kent County. With the opening of New Kent Winery at New Kent Vineyards, the county lays claim as the origin of some of the most enticing wines produced in the Old Dominion.

It’s a vision that serves New Kent County well and provides the many prospective residents a unique lifestyle in one of Virginia’s most historic areas. Add to that the convenience of Interstate 64, and New Kent Vineyards becomes an even more attractive option with its European flair and neo traditional styling.

The winery is just the starting point for a 2,500-acre project that features a variety of homes, shops and recreational activities, including a Rees Jones designed golf course scheduled to open in 2009. Complete with sculptured rolling hills, the community offers a unique residential experience with all the conveniences.

And the wines, you ask. They’re ready for sampling at the winery Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winemaker Tom Boyette, who captured 1999 U.S. Winemaker of the Year honors, has assembled a blooming selection of favorites including a White Norton, unique to the New Kent Winery. The vineyards will supply a planned restaurant and cooking school slated for the development, and other bottles will be sold online and as private restaurant brands.

The winery began the arduous process of growing and producing grapes in 2001, and the literal fruits of that labor are now on display at the new facility. The structure resembles a colonial era building, and boasts a totally green concept of construction. All of the materials used in the building are reclaimed from previous eras. For example, the prominent beams on the interior are reclaimed from a Southern Train Depot that once stood in Richmond’s Shockhoe Bottom. The result is a magnificent structure that houses the county’s premiere wine producing facility.

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The New Kent Vineyards project also enforces the county’s commitment to mixed-use zoning, a concept that is taking hold in other regions. The county’s cooperation assured ample water and sewer for the project, and envisioned future needs in the area. In addition to the winery, the community will feature the afore mentioned golf course, an inn, equestrian center and polo field situated among 1,450 age restricted homes, 450 single family homes, 300 estate homes and 100 resort cottages. A parkway lined with vineyards on each side intersects the community.

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