Charles City County History, Culture & Genealogy

Charles City County is a place of origins. Located just a few miles upriver from the first permanent English speaking settlement in America it has been a gateway to the nation that has grown from that first settlement. Millions of Americans can trace their ancestry back to this place. Learn about the county’s ringside seat to American history and the people who did the history making by visiting the links in this section.

Richard M. Bowman Center for Local History

The History Center is a county-owned reference library and archives, named after the late Richard M. Bowman, a civic leader and avid student of history. The collection includes books, periodicals, microfilm, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, pictures and videos, including many rare or unique items pertaining to Charles City and the surrounding region.  Volunteers do not conduct paid genealogical research, but will perform simple research tasks in response to telephone or email queries.

For more information:
Call: 804-652-1516


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10790 Courthouse Road
Charles City, VA  23030

The Bowman Center is staffed by volunteers and one part-time county employee.

Library Hours of Operation
Monday: 10-4
Tuesday: 10-4
Wednesday: 10-4
Thursday: 1-7
Friday: 10-4
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 128
Charles City, VA  23030

Chickahominy Tribe

Today the Chickahominy Tribe is the second largest of eight Virginia Indian tribes with 800 enrolled members.

Genealogical Databases

Six databases where you can find information on Revolutionary War Veterans, Slave Ancestors and more.

Historical Markers

Charles City highways are dotted with historical markers. Find out more about the county and state markers.

Online Exbibits

The Center for Local History presents exhibits on African Americans, Native Americans and other topics.


Libraries open to the public in Charles City and nearby.


Find and order small press books on Charles City History, homes, families and more.

Helpful Links

Web sites that may provide useful cultural, genealogical or historical information.