Gloucester Visitor’s Center

Visit Gloucester Virginia...It’s Right Here!

Tuesday thru Saturday - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday - 1:00 to 4:00 pm

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Located in the Historic Colonial Court Circle, the Gloucester Visitor’s Center offers our visitors a wealth of information on Gloucester, the Middle Peninsula, the region and the state. Displays on local history present Visitor’s with a look at our history and sites not yet open to the public, Werowocomoco. Our gift shop allows for the opportunity to take a piece of Gloucester home.

The Visitor’s Center is housed in the Courthouse Annex, added to the 1766 Courthouse in 1954. Other buildings in the Colonial Court Circle are the Clayton Building, built in 1823 on the foundation of the 1770 Clerk of the Courts office, which burned in 1820. The building is named in honor of John Clayton, Clerk of the Court for 53 years. Clayton was an avid botanist, an exhibit of his documentation of the “New World’s Flora” is on display. The Debtor’s Prison was built on 1810 over a portion of a much earlier structure. With modern walls removed, the unique construction of this building has been revealed. Under renovation are the Roane Building and the Old Jail. The Roane Building is the 1896 Clerk of the Courts office, built to comply with the State’s rigid fire codes. Names for Basil Bernard Roane, Deputy Clerk and Clerk for 59 years. Completed in 1873, the Jail was built on the site of an earlier prison that was burned during the War Between the States. One room up and one room down were constructed as iron cages covered with bricks. The buildings walls are 18 inches thick. The Colonial Courthouse was built in 1766 and is one of the oldest Courthouses in the country still in use. While it has been modernized, the plaques on the walls remind you of the history.

We also work closely with the Gloucester Museum of History and the Gloucester Historical Society to aid visitors in finding Genealogical information, a frequent request from our visitors.

Special Events are held throughout the year: Daffodil Festival (April), Concerts on the Green (May-September), Quilts of River Country (odd # years September), Renaissance Festival (October), Holiday Parade (December)


Katey Legg




6509 Main St
Gloucester, VA 23061

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