Today: Goochland County offers modern conveniences with rural charm. There are nearby grocery stores, a variety of restaurants, a new library, new middle and high schools, a YMCA, golf courses, wineries, and Hidden Rock Park, which offers ball fields, basketball, play areas and walking trails. There is even a Goochland Drive-in Theater located in Hadensville which is in operation from Spring until Fall! Wherever you go, however, you can’t help but notice the rural charm and beauty in the rolling hills, horse farms and pastures, and the James River.
Location: Goochland is considered the heart of Central Virginia. Located between Richmond and Charlottesville, it is only 20 to 30 minutes from downtown Richmond and is very close to "Downtown" Short Pump. Goochland is 30 miles east of Charlottesville and approximately 100 miles south of Washington, D.C. All major highways and interstates are easy to access for any commute.
Every year in September, the Rockville-Centerville Steam and Gas Association puts on Field Day of the Past, a popular event. Rather like a mini-state fair in Goochland County, it's full of history and fun for young and old! There are pig races, tractor pulls, carnival rides, displays, an old "working" saw mill, folk music, vendors and so much more. Come on out and join in on the fun!
Newcomers have many options for housing. There are homes not within a neighborhood or subdivision, as well as those in moderate to upscale neighborhoods. No matter what house a person chooses, they are sure to find it near or nestled within the natural beauty of the county's landscape.
West Creek Business Park is a beautiful 3,500 acre park which has contributed to the growth of Goochland. State Route 288 connects to it, making it attractive to many businesses such as Capital One, CarMax, the Farm Bureau of Virginia, and Performance Food Group.
History: Many people wonder how Goochland got its name. Goochland was founded in 1727 and was named after Sir William Gooch. The Goochland County Historical Society, which was founded in 1968, is the best resource for finding out about the county's heritage. Go to http://www.goochlandhistory.org/to learn more! You can also learn about the county by visiting http://www.co.goochland.va.us/.