Goochland, Virginia

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Goochland, Virginia
Goochland County Courthouse
Goochland County Courthouse
Goochland is located in Virginia
Goochland is located in the United States
Coordinates: 37°41′4″N 77°53′7″W / 37.68444°N 77.88528°W / 37.68444; -77.88528Coordinates: 37°41′4″N 77°53′7″W / 37.68444°N 77.88528°W / 37.68444; -77.88528
CountryUnited States
 • Total4.5 sq mi (11.7 km2)
 • Land4.5 sq mi (11.6 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
 • Total861
 • Density193/sq mi (74.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
FIPS code51-31808
GNIS feature ID1498483

Goochland is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Goochland County, Virginia, United States.[1] The population as of the 2010 census was 861.[2] The community is also known as Goochland Courthouse or by an alternative spelling, Goochland Court House. It derives its name from the fact that the community is the location of the county's court house.


Goochland is located just south of the center of Goochland County and just north of the James River. U.S. Route 522 passes through the center of the community, leading north 27 miles (43 km) to Mineral and south 10 miles (16 km) to its southern terminus at U.S. Route 60 near Powhatan. Virginia Route 6 follows US 522 through the center of Goochland, but leads east 29 miles (47 km) to Richmond and west 16 miles (26 km) to Columbia. Interstate 64 passes 7 miles (11 km) to the northeast of Goochland, with access from Exit 159 at Gum Spring (US 522) and from Exit 167 at Oilville.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Goochland CDP has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.7 km2), of which 4.5 square miles (11.6 km2) are land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 1.18%, are water.[2]

Notable people[edit]

  • Carl Gordon (1932-2010), actor best known for appearing on the Fox TV series Roc.[3]
  • John Hicks, catcher for MLB's Detroit Tigers.
  • Reverend Joseph FreeJoe Harris was born a slave in Goochland County, Virginia but earned his freedom. He resettled in Eads, Tennessee and became the cofounder of Gray's Creek M.B. Church. The church is now 175 years old. Reverend Harris and his wife, Fanny Harris, were the first Negroes to be given a marriage license in Shelby County, Tennessee. Reverend Harris was known for his love of education. He enrolled his two daughters in Eleutherian College in Indiana when there were no opportunities for them in Shelby County.

In popular culture[edit]

A fictionalized, larger version of Goochland is depicted in the "Escape from Goochland" episode of The Cleveland Show, as the home of Stoolbend's arch-rival high school.

Goochland is featured in Season 7 Episode 15 of the X-Files, in which the child of a local Christian family is miraculously cured of Cancer.


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Goochland CDP, Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Fox, Margalit. "Carl Gordon, a Late-Blooming Actor, Dies at 78", The New York Times, July 23, 2010. Accessed July 23, 2010.