Varina, Virginia Information
Established in 1611, Varina, Virginia is located in the easternmost part of Henrico County, Virginia and named for Varina Farms, a plantation that was established by John Rolfe and James River, with John’s wife, Pocahontas, living part of her life in in this county. Thus, her face is pictured on Henrico’s seal and flag.
Varina, Virginia Details
Rich in history, you will notice Historic Roadside Markers including the Battle of Savage’s Station, the Battle of Darbytown Road and the Battle of Meadow Bridge just to name a few. Each marker gives a synopsis of what happened at that particular historical site. Along those same lines, there are Historical Tabletops that give rich narratives of happenings from long ago in Henrico County.
Places to Go
Some must-see places also include Clarke-Palmore House Museum built beginning in 1819. After John Clarke bought the property in 1855, he added the second story. The building was donated along with 12 acres to Henrico County in 1999.
The Dabbs house, on Miles Road, was once used by General Robert E. Lee as his field headquarters in the summer of 1862. Later it became a house to use for the poor. Today it is used as a visitor information center that also gives tours of the house.
Enjoy a Crosswind Adventure Tour at Deep Bottom Park for a peaceful ride along the James River where you can relax and get away from it all for a day exploring the creeks and ponds and waterways of the lower James with stops along the way for snacks and drinks. Be sure to take this Paddleboard tour available on Saturdays and Sundays from May through September.
While you’re in this area, make sure to visit Osborne Boat Landing on the north side of the River where you can park your boat or have access to a fishing pier. There is also a playground, walking trails and a boardwalk. Cyclists love this area also.
There are plenty of places to eat in this city, including Chinese food at Peter Chang’s, Maya Mexican Grill and Tequila House and Maggiano’s Little Italy. If you’re in the mood for a Barbeque, try Mission BBQ where you’ll sit in a patriotic room and enjoy a meal with some of the freshest ingredients.
Varina not only has the lowest property tax in Virginia with the median property value being $210,829, but also maintains a low cost of living index below the national average. The median gross rent for this area stands at $1603 per month. Most homes are newer, three or four bedrooms, being built in 2000 or later and most of this real estate is owner-occupied. A very high percentage, over 96%, are detached, single-family homes, making this town one of the highest in the nation for detached, single family structures.
The occupants of this city receive an above average income, making them upper-middle class with a higher income than 71% of neighborhoods in America. There is also a lower rate of poverty, with only 12.6% living below the poverty line. The population of this town in 2015 was 59,975, up from 59,349 in 2010. The town occupies 125.8 square miles, averaging 477 people per square mile.
The highest Varina occupations, almost 38%, include employment in executive, management and professional fields. Next is sales and services jobs at just under 23% of residents working both ends of the spectrum, from major accounts, to the fast food industry. Other occupations include manufacturing, labor, clerical and tech support.
For getting to and from work, most residents drive their private automobile, taking between 15 and 30 minutes to commute, which is shorter time than other Americans. Residents also may carpool with coworkers or friends to get to their jobs.
This city in Virginia includes people of Irish and English descent, along with some German, Scots-Irish and Italian ethnicity and the most common language spoken is English by an overwhelming 97.4%.
In 1934, the county manager form of government was adopted which is the only county in the state that uses this type of government. Distinguishing it from other forms of government is the county manager position that is appointed by the administrative head. Since 1934, only eight individuals have served as the county manager. In this type of government, the school board operates as a separate group. The county maintains its own roads, only one of two counties in the state that does this.
The weather in this part of the United States is considered a Humid Subtropical Climate Zone with moderately cold winters and hot summers with sometimes high humidity. The average high temperature is 67.8 degrees and the average low temperature is 44.6 degrees from January through December. Average rain is 44 inches per year and typical snowfall is 14 inches.
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