Caroline County, VA

Geographic Location

Caroline County is located in the Eastern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Northern piece of the county borders on the Rappahannock River, at the historic town of Port Royal. Rappahannock Academy also borders the Rappahannock River.  Woodford, Bowling Green (county seat), Corbin, Guinea, Milford, Sparta, Ruther Glen, Central Point, Ladysmith, Chilesburg, Frog Level, and Dawn are among the other towns that are also located in the county.
Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia is located near the town of Bowling Green. It is named after Confederate Lieutenant General A. P. Hill (November 9, 1825- April 2, 1865), a Virginia native that was killed in the American Civil War. Fort A. P. Hill, commonly called A. P. Hill, belongs to the United States Army. Today, it is a training and maneuver center focused on providing realistic joint and combined arms training for all branches of the armed forces.

Overall personality

Caroline County is predominately a rural area with farm land, working farms with livestock and quaint downtown areas for unique dining and shopping in the Mom and Pop shops/restaurants that line the streets.

Defining Characteristics

The County was established in 1728 and named for Queen Caroline of Ansbach, wife of King George II of Great Britain. The county extends 549 square miles with a population of approximately 30,000 people.
The shrine for Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson is located in Woodford, VA. He died in the plantation office building on the Chandler plantation in the rural community of Guinea Station. This office was on Thomas C. Chandler’s 740-acre plantation named “Fairfield.” Jackson was accidently shot by one of his own men in the Battle of Chancellorsville. His left arm was amputated in a field hospital. Robert E. Lee then made the decision to bring him to Fairfield because of its close proximity to the railroad and Richmond, VA. He thought it were the safest place and Jackson could recover in peace. Unfortunately, Jackson developed pneumonia and eventually succumbed to the illness. He died with his wife by his side.

Noteworthy attractions

The Meadow Event Park, “The Birthplace of Secretariat,” is located in Doswell, Virginia off I-95 between Fredericksburg and Richmond (Exit 98, Route 30 East). Secretariat, the thoroughbred racing legend, was born there in 1970. At the age of three, he became the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years by setting race records in all three events in the series – the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness States, and the Belmont Stakes. Today, The Meadow is a multi-purpose venue that houses the State Fair of Virginia, concerts, weddings, conferences, trade shows and of course, horse shows. The 331-acre property features original structures as well as newly constructed facilities. Visitors can tour the grounds via the Hoofprints of History Tour to learn how Christopher Chenery transformed his homeplace into renowned Thoroughbred farm and how his daughter Penny took his dream to new heights with Riva Ridge and then Secretariat. 
Kings Dominion Theme Park is also located off I-95, Exit 98 on Route 30 East, but actually sits in Hanover County, VA, due to the shape of the county. Once you pass Kings Dominion and continue on Route 30 East towards The Meadow Event Park, you cross back over into Caroline County. Regardless of its county location, it is worth mentioning. Kings Dominion hosts an assortment of amusement park rides, games and a water park for adults and kids of all ages.
There are two golf courses located in Ruther Glen, VA for the avid golfer. Mattaponi Springs Golf Club is a world class championship golf course that spreads over 330 acres. Pendleton Golf Club stretches over 7000 yards. In Rappahannock Academy, VA the Four Winds Campground and Golf Resort consists of 300 acres of golf and camping. This place has something for everyone – 18-hole golf course, 30 hook-up sites with showers for camping, swimming pool, laundry rooms, two stocked lakes, a grocery store and a youth center.
Museums in the county include: Caroline Historical Society, Port Royal Museum of American History and Sidney E. King Arts Center

Nearby major highways

 I-95 and US Route 1 run North and South through the county. US 301 runs South West and North East through the county.

Public transportation options

Fredericksburg Regional Transit (Fred Bus) services Caroline County with two bus routes. 
C1 services Bowling Green, Carmel Church, Corbin, Caroline County RASCB and Ladysmith
C2 services Fredericksburg, Massaponax, and Thronburg


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Types of homes in the Area

Condos, townhomes, apartments, historic homes, and detached single family homes are available throughout the County. There are gated communities such as Lake Land’Or and Lake Caroline which are amenity filled communities. Ladysmith Village is a beautiful neighborhood with its own library, community center with pool, playgrounds and a newly built YMCA right outside the neighborhood.
The majority of the county is zoned rural preservation, which helps to keep the rural beauty of the county. This limits the ability of developers to build more neighborhoods and large businesses/shopping centers.

School Districts in the Area

Elementary Schools
Three Elementary Schools (K-5) – Bowling Green Elementary (Milford), Lewis & Clark Elementary (Ruther Glen), Madison Elementary (Ruther Glen)
Middle Schools:
One Middle School (6-8) – Caroline Middle (Milford)
High Schools:
One High School (9-12) – Caroline High (Milford)

Annual Events

Bowling Green Farmers Market – every Saturday
Festival of Fleet – Town of Bowling Green
Spring into Bluegrass Festival – Woodford, VA
Ladysmith Day – The Caroline Spring Festival, Caroline Agricultural Fairgrounds – Ladysmith, VA
Music on the Green (Every Friday) –Bowling Green, VA
Caroline County Agricultural Fair – Ladysmith, VA
Milford Day – Milford, VA
Virginia State Fair – Doswell, VA
Port Royal Charter Day – Town of Port Royal
Annual Harvest Festival – Town of Bowling Green
Frog Level VFD Fall Festival and Parade
Fall Fun Festival/Truck or Treat – Caroline Agricultural Fairgrounds – Ladysmith, VA
Virginia Poultry Breeder Show – Caroline Agricultural Fairgrounds – Ladysmith, VA
Illuminate, Meadow Event Park – Doswell, VA (Christmas Light display)

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