Preservation Park serves as an attractive, efficiently-planned village center, the life of New Kent’s county seat, while maintaining the charming and historic character of our lovely New Kent courthouse area.
Its core is complemented by park-like public green spaces, plenty of convenient parking, and the security inherent
with the nearby public safety complex.
Revolving artisan exhibits, boutique shops, county-service related businesses and historic-themed, educational
exhibits are complemented by the Rose and Crown,
a full-service restaurant!
THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROJECT.
Our goal at Preservation Park is to adapt the historic structures on the site, located adjacent to our county seat of government (placed here in 1691), for current use.
We restored the 19th century smokehouse and log kitchen. The unique fireplace in the log kitchen is the only existing structure of its kind in the US. Working with the Virginia Historical Society, we have created a museum of local history.
In addition, we are working with national and internationally recognized early American craftsmen to create an artisan village. The anchor for this project is award-winning renowned glassmaker John Shelton and his artistic family. His studio is to be supplemented by other craftspeople and journeymen onsite during our craft fairs.
The site plan for Preservation Park appears below.