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New Kent is one of the oldest and most charming counties in Virginia, and was first mentioned in the records of the General Assembly in the year of 1654. The county's name originated because several prominent inhabitants, including William Claiborne, recently had been forced from their settlement at Kent Island, Maryland by Lord Baltimore upon the formation of Maryland. Claiborne had named the island for his birthplace in Kent, England.
New Kent County is the birthplace of two U. S. Presidents' wives - Martha Washington and Letitia Christian Tyler. The church where George and Martha Washington are believed to have been wed, St. Peters, still holds services today. The Chickahominy Indians frequented this area as well as nearby Charles City County and two tribes are still well-established in this area.
New Kent's roads, leading from Richmond to Williamsburg are among the oldest in America.Over them have marched French, British, Revolutionary, Confederate and Union armies. Filled with historical landmarks, lush vineyards and historic homes... a nice place to visit.