For over 12,000 years the Native Americans have called this region home. This is where John Smith first stepped foot in Virginia. John Rolfe established a tobacco farm and lived here. Benedict Arnold fought a Revolutionary War battle at Osborne Landing. Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Patrick Henry gazed across the farmland during their journeys from our old capital of Williamsburg and our new capital of Richmond.
Route 5 – also known as New Market Road – is America’s second oldest road and an official Virginia Scenic Byway.
The Route 5 Corridor Coalition is a group of local, regional, and state organizations seeking to maximize the economic potential of this resource, while ensuring the proper preservation and respectful development to sustain it. We work to unite residents, landowners, and experts in tourism, agriculture, and planning to achieve this goal.
We help to educate our region’s leaders on the economic and environmental potential and value of this unique historic landscape, while working together to advance these rich and varied opportunities.