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What you should know about Chester

The community of Chester began life as a station on the old Richmond and Petersburg Railroad. An important Confederacy stronghold due to its strategic position, the station was the scene of a famous battle during the American Civil War that tipped the balance in favor of the ultimate victors. Life in this pleasant residential community is quieter today, but it’s still a popular and convenient stop on the interstate highway network, bringing out-of-towners to the state capital of Richmond nearby.

Hotels in Chester

Perfectly positioned for road travelers, there’s no shortage of hotels in Chester, including many trusted international brands. Hyatt Place Richmond/Chester boasts a seasonal outdoor pool that’s great for cooling off after a long drive. This stylish 3-star Chester hotel also has a 24/7 snack menu so you can grab a bite to eat no matter what time you arrive. Spicy Mexican favorites are on the menu at Don Pepe restaurant at Comfort Inn, a popular Chester budget hotel with a 24-hour fitness center. Meanwhile, the top-rated Residence Inn Marriott Chester has its own picnic area equipped with barbecue grills for a taste of the great outdoors.

Things to see in Chester

This storied neighborhood has a rich history stretching back to the pioneering days of the first transatlantic settlers. Find out what conditions were like for the colonizers at Henricus Historical Park, where costumed interpreters create an interactive experience that brings history vividly to life. Learn about the crucial role that Chester played in the Civil War at Parker’s Battery; this historic link in the chain of Confederate defense is preserved as part of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Lovers of the outdoors will enjoy letting off steam at R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks, a huge nature reserve with an exciting range of activities, trails, and boardwalks through varying terrain. Bring a picnic and enjoy the wide open spaces and breathtaking views of this former Native American homeland. The Presquile National Wildlife Refuge provides a protected habitat for waterfowl and migratory birds on an island in the James River—look out in particular for Canada geese and bald eagles.

Good for families

With its array of outdoor activities, historic sites, and child-friendly attractions, this neighborhood makes a great base for a family vacation. Check into one of the numerous family-friendly hotels in Chester, treat the kids to a tasty snack in a traditional American diner, and get set to explore. Tracing the Civil War battlefields makes for an exciting introduction to history for older children, while Chesterfield Children’s Theater promotes a program of shows and musicals geared to younger audiences. Little ones will love a day out at the Playroom, an indoor amusement center that’s full of fun toys and games.

How to get to Chester

The nearest international airport to Chester is Richmond, which operates connecting flights to many US hubs. The terminal has offices for all the major car rental agencies, so it’s easy to pick up your hire car and arrive direct to your Chester hotel with your luggage in tow. Alternatively, hop on a bus to Downtown Richmond, from where you can hire a cab to Chester. You’ll probably need your own wheels to make the most of what Chesterfield County has to offer, but the center of Chester is served by a network of public buses for shorter local journeys.