Ware Bridge, King and Queen County, Virginia

Note:  This not the original bridge; the old one having been replaced over time to current construction standards.  The highway is called Ware’s Church Road.  This is the land of Valentine, Edward, Nicholas, John and Robert Ware.

“This crossing over the Dragon Run took it’s name from the Ware family, who lived in the vicinity.  It was an early structure erected probably by the Wares, over which the road leading from King and Queen to Middlesex Co. passed and as far as is known stands at the same place it was originally built.”

Looking west from Churchview, in Middlesex Co. Va. on the Ware Bridge Rd., in the early days it was call the Pretty Man Rolling Rd., as they would roll their cask of tobacco on it to Urbana.  (Photo courtesy of Wendell Ware.)
Looking north from the Ware Bridge on the Dragon Run.  (Photo courtesy of Wendell Ware.)
“Dragon Run (35 miles of swamp at the headwaters of the Piankatank River) may be the most pristine water body in Virginia, affected least by the changes in the landscape over the last few centuries.  Currently there are only about 500 residences in the watershed – but it is zoned for 40,000 housing units.”  Virginia Geography on-line at “Virginia’s Most Pristine Water Body”.

Source:  Photo No. 1, Google Earth

Old New Kent County [Virginia]:  Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and Places in Old New Kent

County, Vol. 1, Malcom Hart Harris, M.D., 2006, page 376  (This book is partially available on-line through

GoogleBook.com.  The preface dates from 1976, but the book was published in 2006.)


Ware Bridge, King and Queen County, Virginia — 1 Comment

  1. I find it unique that farms, buildings and other structures retain their original name by reference over the years through several generations. As a boy, I remember some of the old folks referring to farms in our area by the names of the people who originally lived there nearly 100 years ago.

    C. Wayne Ware
    Cedar Falls, IA

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