Isle of Wight Homes and Real Estate
Isle of Wight County, one of the oldest counties in the United States, is nestled between the shores of the James River to the north and the Blackwater river to the south, in the southeastern Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Here residents can enjoy the rural nature of the country while being only a short drive from the excitement of Hampton Roads, making this a great place to buy or build a new home.
Isle of Wight Real Estate
The vast expanses of land in Isle of Wight make it an ideal location for home builders to construct comfortable, cozy new home communities for homeowners. A few of the communities that are located in Isle of Wight county include Cypress Creek, Holland Meadows and Lawnes Point on the James. In addition to opportunities for new home construction, Isle of Wight contains many established neighborhoods for first time home buyers, those looking for a home in which to retire, single families, and anyone else who desires a community with stunning natural beauty, exceptional amenities, and unparalleled quality of life. Cities located in Isle of Wight County include Carrollton, Carrsville, Rescue, Smithfield, and Windsor.
Isle of Wight Attractions
Isle of Wight county, while maintaining its rural charm, still provides residents with various recreational activities to participate in and cultural and historical sites to visit. The county has a public beach, four marinas, two campgrounds, a wildlife refuge area and various facilities for water sports. Golf courses such as the Cypress Creek Golfers Club allow golf enthusiasts to enjoy the sport almost year round given the areas mild climates.
Fort Boykin Historical Park is located high upon the bluffs of the James River and its commanding view makes it a keen observation point for hikers, bird watchers, and history buffs alike. Further locations of historical significance include St. Luke's Church which was built in 1632 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. This is the nation's only original Gothic church and the oldest existing church of English foundation.
Isle of Wight History
Shortly after the establishment of Jamestown in 1607, English colonists began exploring the surrounding areas. In 1608, Captain John Smith crossed the James River and received fourteen bushels of corn from a local Native American tribe, the Warrosquyoackes (or Warraskoyaks). English plantations were subsequently established throughout the countryside in what is now known as the county of Isle of Wight and while the area has since grown, that original rural charm still remains.