Who We Are:
The Caroline County Democratic Committee (CCDC) is the local committee created by and composed of citizens of Caroline County who share the political beliefs and aims of the Democratic Party. The CCDC welcomes new members and encourages political participation on every level. American democracy depends on your participation in the process!
For years, the Caroline County Democratic Committee has been united in conviction and purpose. We are bound by a shared set of ideals and values rooted in the notion that we are greater together; that our collective efforts produce something better than the sum of our individual actions; and that together, rather than divided, we can overcome the greatest challenges that come our way. Our committee represents a cross section of our community. Our challenges are your challenges, our goals are your goals, and our successes are your successes.
We stand for protecting your right to vote. We stand for equal pay for equal work. We stand for the rights of every person in our community, no matter who you are or what you look like or where you come from or whom you love.
All of us on the Democratic committee look forward to working hand-in-hand to achieve our goals for 2017 and many years to come.
Meetings of Caroline County Democratic Committee are held at the Timbers Restaurant in Ladysmith (8206 Prosperity Way) on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00am. Our Spring schedule of meetings are as follows:
About Our Community
Caroline County is located between Richmond and Washington and is home to over 29,000 residents.
Caroline County was established in the British Colony of Virginia in 1728 from Essex, King and Queen, and King William counties. It was named for Caroline of Ansbach, the wife of King George II of Great Britain.
On May 10, 1863, Confederate Lieutenant General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died of complications from pneumonia at the Chandler plantation in Guinea Station, in the Caroline County community of Woodford. The Chandler residence is now known as the “Jackson Shrine.”
Just as the Civil War was concluding in April 1865, President Lincoln was assassinated in Washington, DC as part of a conspiracy to kill the leaders of the United States. As the conspirators fled, a manhunt was launched. After 10 days, in the early hours of April 26, federal troops tracked down John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, at Garrett’s farm about 3 miles west of Port Royal. Booth was fatally shot during their capture by federal troops.
In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving challenged miscegenation laws in the state when they married. Although they married in Washington, DC, they returned to live in Caroline County, where they were arrested and charged under the state’s anti-miscegenation statute, the Racial Integrity Act of 1924. Their case went to the Supreme Court of the United States, which in 1967 found anti-miscegenation statutes to be unconstitutional in Loving v. Virginia.
At the southern edge of the county, The Meadow, a farm originally established in 1810, became a premier facility for breeding, raising and training Thoroughbred race horses. In 1973, Secretariat, born at The Meadow, won the famous Triple Crown of horse racing.
In 2003, The State Fair of Virginia purchased Meadow Farm and began developing the facility to become a new home for the annual Virginia State Fair. As of September 2009, the Virginia State Fair is held at the new Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The annual Richmond Celtic Games and Festival is also held at the new facility.