From old to new, James City is also home to Busch Gardens Europe, an amusement park world renowned for its roller coasters. The park features Griffon, the world's largest floorless coaster, along with four other world famous thrill rides.
With an eye on growth, the county recently completed a sweeping overhaul of its Comprehensive Plan, a blueprint for development for the next five years, themed "Historic Past, Sustainable Future."
One of its more pristine areas is Kingsmill, a gated resort community that features three championship golf courses, a spa and more than 20 residential neighborhoods, all built in the last three decades by Anheuser-Busch. The beer-making company was recently purchased by InBev, and the resort is currently for sale.
James City is also home to Prime Outlets, one of the most popular outlets malls in the country. The county recently saw the opening of Quarterpath Crossing Shopping Center on Route 199, which is anchored by a Harris Teeter grocery store and includes restaurants, shops and banks.
— Dan Parsons
James CityPopulation: 63,735
Area: 144 square miles
Median age: 40.5
Board of Supervisors chairman: James Kennedy, 566-1157, jkennedy@james-city .va.us
County website: www.jccegov.com