Hopewell is an independent, historic, riverfront city adjacent to Prince George and Chesterfield Counties, as well as the Fort Lee Military Installation. Hopewell is centrally located and is only 21 miles south of Richmond, Virginia and approximately 130 miles south of Washington, DC. According to the US Census Bureau, the population of Hopewell as of 2016 is 22,735.
Hopewell is known for industry. In 1912, E.I. DuPont purchased 1,600 acres of land in Hopewell to start a guncotton plant supporting WWI. In 1915, a fire so devastating it was reported nationwide, destroys downtown. In 1916, Hopewell incorporates and rebuilds. Hopewell is deemed the “Wonder City” for its ability to bounce back. Currently, Hopewell is home to four Fortune 1000 companies and is on the rise again.
Hopewell is a diverse community, with its origins a century ago as an industrial town, Hopewell is now in a rebirth as an industrious city.
Hopewell is known for the rivers. It is situated at the confluence of the Appomattox and James Rivers providing spectacular views. A 2015 William & Mary College study recorded 236 mating pairs of bald eagles on the James River. Multiple regional and na...tional fishing tournaments are held out of the City Marina. The Hopewell Riverwalk will connect the City’s historic downtown to the City Marina.
Hopewell is known for the small town atmosphere. The Beacon Theatre anchors downtown Hopewell with over 175 shows and events annually. As part of the Virginia Main Street Program, Downtown Hopewell has experienced recent revitalization. Downtown businesses consist of a coffee grinder, pie shop, boat manufacturer, coffee shop and bakery, antique shops, fitness centers, award winning BBQ restaurant, and a diner first opened in 1927. Plans for over 500 apartment units within the downtown area over the next 3-5 years will transform not just downtown, but the entire City. Hopewell also hosts a variety of events including a 5k Run/Walk, the James River Ball, Hoppin’ Happenings Egg Hunt, Butts on Broadway, Wonder City Craft Beer Festival, Hopewell Haunts, Summer Concert Series, the Holiday Boat Parade, Light up the Night and so much more!