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Historical Background and Other Items of Interest


Formed in 1728 from Henrico County, Goochland was named for Sir William Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of Virginia from 1727 until 1749.  Its county seat is Goochland. From its original territory came Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Nelson and Powhatan Counties.  During its early days, Goochland consisted of King William Parish (1728-1749); Saint James Northam Parish (1744-), Saint James Parish (1728- 1744), Saint James Southam Parish (1744-1749).

According to Wikipedia, modern-day Goochland has many "historical sites that include Tuckahoe Plantation (the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson), Dover, Manakin and Tuckahoe coalfields, and much of the James River and Kanawha Canal (surveyed by George Washington).  Portions of Three Chopt Trail, a Native American trail, runs through a large portion of the county. The trail was marked by three hatchet chops in trees to show the way.  Modern day U.S. Route 250 roughly follows this route as it makes its way from Richmond to Charlottesville."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Goochland County has a total area of 290 square miles - 284 square miles of it is land and 6 square miles of it is water.  Also, as of the census of 2000, there were 16,863 people, 6,158 households, and 4,710 families residing in the county.

Local Government Contact Information


Goochland County Clerk
2938 River Road West

PO Box 196
Goochland, VA 23063
Telephone: (804) 556-5353

Local Historical Society Contact Information


Goochland County Historical Society
PO Box 602
Goochland, VA 23063
Telephone: (804) 556-3966

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Surrounding Counties

Chesterfield County

Cumberland County

Fluvanna County

Louisa County

Hanover County

Henrico County

Powhatan County


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