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New Kent County is a gateway to history. Less than 30 minutes away are Jamestown, the site of America's first English-speaking settlement established in 1607, and Colonial Williamsburg, one of America's favorite tourist destinations. From Williamsburg, it's a short drive to historic Yorktown, where Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington, ending the Revolutionary War.

St. Peter's Church - "First Church of the First First-Lady"
Located in New Kent County, St. Peter's Parish Church was established on April 29, 1679. In the summer of 1700, the vestry ordered that a second lower church replace an earlier, structurally weak building known as the Broken Back'd Church. Construction of the new church begun in 1701, and was in use by July 1703. In January 1759, the rector of St. Peter's Parish, the Reverend Mr. David Mossom, solemnized the marriage of Col. George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis. It has always been assumed that another future first lady, Letitia Christian, later the wife of President John Tyler, was baptized in the parish church in 1790.

New Kent Winery & Vineyards

The 17,000-square-foot New Kent Winery and Vineyards, 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 heart-pine 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.

Saudé Creek Winery & Vineyards
Saudé Creek Winery and Vineyards is a privately-owned and operated vineyard and winery located on the Pamunkey River. The mild climate and mineral-rich clay soils of the Virginia Tidewater contribute to the complex and food-friendly wines. The Saudé Creek Winery site once boasted Frank’s Tavern, a colonial inn and public house for wayfarers riding between points north or west and the olonial capitol of Williamsburg. George Washington and the French General Rochambeau, among other patriots and notables of the time, reputedly slaked their thirst here. Saudé Creek invites you to do the same with their rare and excellent vintages. Saudé Creek Winery is located at 16230 Cooks Mill Road, Lanexa, VA 23089. For more information call (804) 966-5896.

Nearby Plantations
Nearby in neighboring Charles City County are two of the nation’s earliest and most beautiful plantations that are open to the public year-around.
  • Visit Berkeley Plantation, one of Virginia's most historic plantations boasting true southern hospitality and style. Come discover, learn, imagine and enjoy.
  • Shirley Plantation is Virginia's first plantation (1613) and one of the first economic engines of the new world.

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