The Midlothian, Va., community is in the northwestern part of Chesterfield County, Virginia, a few miles west of Richmond, Va. It includes the unincorporated Village of Midlothian that has old and new churches, fine and friendly restaurants, unique shopping, a modern post office, a volunteer fire department, schools, and older homes-all surrounded by the typical new residential development found in many popular suburban communities across the country. There are many new things going on in our historic community. A historic park for walking and picnics near the village core was opened in 2006. John Tyler Community College, which came to Midlothian in 2000, continues to build and add exciting programs. Our YMCA is also getting ready to expand its facilities. Route 288 to the west of the village greatly improves transportation in and around the area but also puts considerable growth pressure on our community as well. Many of the new neighborhoods and commercial developments are thoughtful, careful and appropriate-thanks to cooperation with local citizen groups. One reason for our community's pride is our long history. Midlothian started as a settlement of coal miners in the 1700s. Coal was the basis of the Midlothian area until the late 1800s when mining ended. Later attempts to reopen the mines were unsuccessful, but thanks to the access of rail to Richmond, the village became a commuter town. For years it was a friendly little southern community in the quiet Virginia countryside. Much of that charm remains intact today on the back roads of the village. Large-scale residential growth started in Midlothian in the 1970s, and soon both long-established citizens and new residents were asking if something could be done to manage the sprawl. Despite severe pressures, the Village of Midlothian had retained its sense of place, unlike too many suburban towns in the U.S. that have been "lost" under corporate concrete, poorly-planned asphalt and franchise-business plastic. In the 21st Century, Midlothian remains one of the region's fastest growing communities. Residents in the suburban neighborhoods such as Queensmill, Salisbury, Four Seasons, Walton Park, The Grove, Rosemont and Otterdale, as well as Old Buckingham Station Apartments, have teamed with long-time citizens of the village to protect and enhance the community. There are many active groups and individuals in the area who have done much to make the area a good place to live.