Ford's Colony is nationally recognized as an award winning premier planned community:

    • Named to the National Community Association Hall of Fame by the Community Association Institute.
    • Voted Number One Master Plan in the Continental U.S. by the American Resort Development Association.
    • Named Community Association of the Year (2014, 2018) by the Community Association Institute's Central Va. Chapter

Formed in 1985 under developer control, it is now self-governed through a seven-person elected Homeowners Association Board of Directors assisted by over 200 Ford's Colony resident volunteers serving on 13 standing committees and associated support services committees.

Ford's Colony consists of 3,200 acres with 2,665 single-family homes, 80 townhouses, 24 condo units, 44 homes under construction, and 27 new build applications as of January 2024.

List prices currently range from the mid-$400,000's for Ford's Colony townhomes to between $600,000 and $1.5 million for a single-family residence.



  • 3 Championship golf courses
  • 60 Clubs & activities
  • 2 Community swimming pools with clubhouses.
  • Tennis courts
  • Pickleball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Fishing ponds
  • 10 Miles of walking trails


Residents of Ford’s Colony enjoy peace of mind with 24-hour gated security and emergency response. The community is accessed through nine gated entrances, two of which are staffed. The additional seven gates are actively monitored and available only to residents and guests with approved passes. Ford's Colony Security Department staff is trained in first aid, and its patrol unit works closely with the James City County police and fire departments. A team of more than 20 resident volunteers makes up the Ford's Colony Community Emergency Response Team, designed to assist residents in the preparation for and response to natural disasters.


Ford's Colony Civic Volunteers Providing Significant Value to JCC/Williamsburg

Ford's Colony residents are highly engaged civic volunteers, participating in a wide range of organizations benefiting James City County and the greater Williamsburg area. The following list provides some of the
volunteer opportunities in which Ford's Colony residents participate:

  • Service organizations: James City Lions Club, Kiwanis, Rotary, League of Women Voters, Women's Club, DAR,
    and SAR.
  • Education: Literacy for Life instructors volunteer as mentors in the public schools; William & Mary Mason School of Business Executive Partners; and The Christopher Wren Association for Lifelong Learning provide educational programs for retirees, sponsored by the College of William & Mary.
  • Health care services: local hospitals, Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center (OTMDC), and the Lackey Clinic.
    Ford's Colony residents have generously donated to OTMDC, which allows medical care for low-income patients. Residents have also generously supported breast cancer research and other meaningful local health care causes.
  • S.C.O.R.E. (Senior Core of Retired Executives): provides business guidance to local entrepreneurs and business start-ups.
  • AARP's Tax Aide program and the VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance): provides area seniors and lower-income families with free tax preparation assistance.
  • Master Gardeners Program: Participants volunteer 30-70 hours a year on various educational and community landscape maintenance projects in the JCC/Williamsburg area.
  • Historic Triangle Tourist Operations: Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown historic areas.

An Award-Winning Leader in Conservation and Storm Water Management

Ford's Colony is the recipient of numerous national, state, and local conservation awards for preserving the natural beauty, environment, and resources throughout its gated community.

  • First Place in Virginia and National Finalist, "Take Pride in America," for outstanding effort on behalf of America's public lands and natural and cultural resources. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Interior and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Commendation for the Preservation of Endangered Plants and Species: Awarded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Certificate of Excellence for Conserving America's Natural and Cultural Resources: Awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Successive Merit Awards for Advocating the Conservation of Soil, Water, and Related Natural Resources: From the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the Commonwealth of Virginia Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District.
  • Commendation for Preserving Our Historical Resources: Awarded by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
  • Community Beautification Award: From the Williamsburg Area Council of Garden Clubs.
  • 2018 Clean Business Award (Management Agent): From James City County

Located within the Powhatan Creek Watershed, Ford's Colony has 46 retention ponds to assist with storm water management. The HOA maintains 13 ponds as a common area, with ClubCorp-owned Ford's Colony Country Club maintaining the remainder. These retention ponds are also considered best practices in water conservation since they capture excess rainwater that is then used instead of public water to maintain Ford's Colony Homeowners Association common area landscape and the Country Club's three golf courses.