The “Coat of Arms” for Charles City County, Virginia is symbolic of various historical elements within the county. The Charles City County Historical Association states that the Coat of Arms has:
Two laurel wreaths in a central gold badge represent the two Charles City born Presidents – William Henry Harrison and John Tyler. The cross symbolizes the first American missionary to Africa, the Rev. Lott Cary, who was born a slave in Charles City and became a founding father of Liberia. Green borders the central badge reminiscent of the green fields of a rural county. Eight stars on the green – seven silver and one gold – are emblematic of Charles City’s role as one of the eight original shires.
The torch, a symbol of learning, and two wings, symbols of liberty stand for the free public schools started in Charles City in 1870.