Gloucester County was formed from York County in 1651. It was named after Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester. It is rich in history and was originally developed as a major tobacco - producing area. It is an important commercial center for the Middle Peninsula, upper Hampton Roads and the Northern Neck areas. The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is based here as well as the infamous Peace Frogs apparel brand.
Gloucester County is a gorgeous county that is rich in history and culture. It is an important fishing area with early roots dating back to the early European Settler days. It is known as the "Daffodil Capital of America" and hosts an annual daffodil festival.
Gloucester County is a quiet and family-oriented community that is rural by nature and surrounded by water (York River & Chesapeake Bay) and marshland.
The county features Beaverdam Park, Gloucester Historic Court Circle, Rosewell Ruins and several other museums, parks and shopping attractions.