Virginia Counties - Powhatan County
By: Elaine VonCannon, ABR, SRES, REALTOR, NOTARY, PROPERTY MANAGER, TEAM LEADER, AWARD WINNER, RE/MAX Hall of Fame
Powhatan County is located in Central Virginia, west of the city of Richmond. It is bordered by Goochland County to the north and Chesterfield and Amelia counties to the south. Powhatan is connected to the Richmond metropolitan area via Route 60, and located within easy reach of I-64, I-95, and I-295. Powhatan is serviced by the Richmond International Airport, located 30-40 minutes away. It has a population of just under 25,000 and occupies 262 square miles.
Powhatan was settled at the turn of the 18th century by several hundred Huguenots fleeing persecution in France. The County was officially formed in May of 1777, from parts of Cumberland County. It gets its name from Chief Powhatan, father of the famous Pocahontas, and much of its strong history remains intact today. The first court was held in July of 1777 in the home of Littlebury Mosby. Constructed in the mid 18th century, this historic home is still standing and is currently privately owned. Today, Powhatan County boasts an 1848 Greek Revival courthouse, still in operation, which has been restored to its original condition.
Mill Quarter Plantation, originally part of a 7000 acre land grant from King George II, is a historic estate dating back to the mid 18th century. The two-story manor house was built around 1770, and was restored by Colonial Williamsburg artisans in the 1930s. Today the Plantation is privately owned and serves as a bed and breakfast. Many historic homes in Powhatan remain privately owned, including Historic Malvern, constructed in 1780, and Derwent, which served as a private retreat for General Robert E. Lee for the period directly following his surrender at Appomattox courthouse.
Powhatan maintains its strong agricultural history today, with 195 farms operating in the county. Farms range from large industrial operations to small family farmettes, with crop and livestock variation from corn to tobacco and cows to horses. The average farm 221 acres, and agriculture in Powhatan County brings in over $8 million in total revenue a year.
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