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Gloucester offers history and so much more

Gloucester offers history and so much more

Like many other quaint, small towns in Southeast Virginia, Gloucester is steeped in history. Founded in 1651, history is what it is most proud of – other than the many restaurants, boutiques, art stores and antique stores in the lively, historic downtown.

A drive along U.S. Route 17 into Gloucester, shows the expected urban sprawl with many chain restaurants and stores. But make the turn onto Main Street and into the Historic Court House District, and things change. Visitors are greeted with a sea of red brick exteriors and many of the buildings in the historic courthouse area are original.

The most famous of these buildings, the Gloucester County Courthouse, built in 1766, is...