Caroline County is a verdant rural community nestled between Richmond, Virginia and Washington, D.C., linked to both cities by Interstate 95. The County seat, Bowling Green, is a postcard perfect southern town that is emerging as an exciting cultural center. Caroline’s new commercial hotspot is the colonial town of Port Royal on the Rappahannock. Visitors can spend the day shopping for unique antiques in the 18th century village and dine next to the river.

Caroline commemorates its rich history at the Sydney E. King Arts Center in Bowling Green and three museums in Port Royal. General Washington lead his army through Caroline on what is now the Rochambeau Trail to win American independence. During the Civil War, the Battle of North Anna was fought between Generals Grant and Lee as the armies battled toward Richmond. Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, passed through Port Royal on his flight to Bowling Green, finally to be brought to justice at Garrett’s farm; the site is a part of an historic trail.

Today’s visitors can enjoy the State Fair of Virginia and many other events held at the Meadow Event Park, while exploring the history of the birthplace of racing’s Triple Crown Champion, Secretariat. Meadow Event Park also hosts an exciting concert series throughout the summer and into Autumn where A-List bands play in a sophisticated rural setting.

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Golfing Caroline is an outstanding experience with two premiere courses, Pendleton and Mattaponi Springs. After a round of golf, luxury accommodations and elegant events can be savored at the Barns at Mattaponi, or just sit in a rocker to take in the sylvan view that reaches to the horizon.

Whatever your interest, history touring, museums, fairs and festivals, music, golf, or just slowing down in a beautiful community, Caroline County welcomes you.