About Virginia


Virginia is a wonderful Horse Country - where scenic horse trails, elite competitions, thrilling races, hunts and the Chincoteague ponies have established Virginia as one of the best destinations for equine activities and events. Horse enthusiasts can find all breeds of horses, used for all purposes from trail riding to competition, to breeding and hunting, racing and training, all across Virginia. More than a half million horse lovers and admirers travel to Virginia each year to enjoy and participate in numerous events, shows, hunts, races, and trail rides.

The history of America is closely tied to that of Virginia, particularly during the Colonial period, Jamestown founded in 1607, was the first permanent English settlement in North America and slavery was introduced there in 1619. The state is called the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there.

The climate of Virginia becomes increasingly warmer and more humid farther south and east.Seasonal extremes vary from average lows of 26 °F (−3 °C) in January to average highs of 86 °F (30 °C) in July. The Atlantic ocean has a strong effect on eastern and southeastern coastal areas of the state.

Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 39 independent cities, which both operate the same way since independent cities are considered to be County-equivalent. This method of treating cities and counties equally is unique to Virginia.


Fairfax County is the most populous locality in Virginia, with over one million residents. Neighboring Loudon County is both the fastest-growing county in Virginia and has the highest median household income ($114,204) in the USA as of 2010.  Virginia's economy is balanced, with diverse sources of income, including government and military, farming, and business. Virginia has 4.1 million civilian workers, and one-third of the jobs are in the Service Sector. The unemployment rate was 6.3% as of April 2011. Technology became the state's highest-grossing export in 2006, surpassing its traditional top exports of coal and tobacco combined.

Agriculture occupies 24% of the land in Virginia. As of 2007, about 357,000 Virginian jobs were in agriculture, with over 47,000 farms, averaging 171 acres (0.27 sq mi; 0.69 km2), in a total farmland area of 8.1 million acres (12,656 sq mi; 32,780 km2).

Providing horse power in the fields and transportation for goods and people, horses were the backbone of the first Virginia Colonies. Today, the role of horses has changed dramatically, yet horses are still a vital economic factor. Some 700 equine events are held in Virginia each year, attracting over 800,000 participants and spectators who spend more than $167 million at these events. The average Virginia horse owner spends $2,969 per horse yearly. Horse owners spend $505 million in annual expenses and support approximately 20,000 jobs statewide.

  Explore Virginia in Numbers:
img Horse Population: Over 170,000 horses
img Population: 8,001,024
img Land area: 39,594 sq. miles
img Capital: Richmond
img Counties: 95, plus 39 independent cities
img Highest Point : Mount Rogers 5,729 feet
img Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean 
img Geographic Center : In Buckingham Co., 5 mi. SW of Buckingham
img 10 largest Cities :
  • Virginia Beach: 438,415
  • Norfolk: 231,954
  • Chesapeake: 218,968
  • Arlington: 195,965
  • Richmond: 193,777
  • Newport News: 179,899
  • Hampton: 145,579
  • Alexandria: 135,337
  • Portsmouth: 100,169
  • Roanoke: 92,631
Come home to "Springs of Zion Farm"

Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia

Bring your horses to their new home “Springs of Zion Farm” where they can roam free in any of the nine fenced pastures which sit on 30.2 acres. When your horses are not resting in one of the two stables, you can take them for a work out in the “John Lyons ring”, or for a casual ride around the riding ring. This amazing farm boasts plenty of storage with two hay barns with grain rooms and 4 run-in sheds for equipment or additional stalls. Fenced storage areas for one short and one long trailer. Two chicken coups with runs complete the farm. This property also houses a 3326 sq. ft. 5 Bedroom, 3 Bath Brick Colonial. Enjoy preparing your meals in the recently remodeled kitchen, or a lazy evening with friends out back around the fire pit. The additional detached 2 car garage is great for “toys” or could be used as a workshop.

Kevin Drake , Coldwell Banker Premier

30.20 ACRES
3326 SQ FT
Historic Fort Hill Plantation

Pamplin, Prince Edward County, Virginia

After 200 years of existence, Fort Hill still offers the same history and charm of the original days. It combines the quiet peace and gentility of early America with natural beauty in the gracious Colonial home restored in the manner of Williamsburg. Circa 1815. The main house is an all Brick Georgian with ballast brick set in flemish bond, English box-lined walk-ways nestled in the hills of Prince Edward County minutes from Hampden-Sydney College. The 288 acre property offers multiple out buildings, a restored living quarters (hunting lodge) with two floors, a three-car garage with a guest suite above, brick smoke house, shed and horse stable. The property is a rare hunting retreat with over fifty hunting blinds, endless types of wildlife, open fields suitable for livestock or horses, established pond with abundant fish and waterfowl. A portion of the land is planted with loblolly pine, and the balance is wooded in native pine and hardwood, making a haven for deer, turkeys and small game. A large creek and other streams meander through this history-laden plantation.

John Martin , Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate

280.00 ACRES
7248 SQ FT
Firefly Farm, Charlottesville, Virginia

Barboursville, Orange County, Virginia

Located just 25 minutes north of Charlottesville, in the heart of wine country, this 12.8 acres horse farm exudes charm and beauty from every angle. Nearby attractions include four wineries within 3 miles, Montpelier, the home of James Madison, and the Montpelier Steeplechase. To the east is the charming and historic town of Gordonsville, and just five miles west is booming Ruckersville, with Lowes, Walmart and CVS. Twenty-five minutes due west will put you right on Skyline Drive at the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville, with the University of Virginia, is known as one of the best small towns in America and it offers world class cultural and dining opportunities. Owner is a licensed Realtor in the state of Virginia.

John Ince , Nest Realty

12.80 ACRES
1800 SQ FT
Twin Creeks Farm

Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia

Twin Creeks Farm is located just west of beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The stunning 2002 residence enjoys an elevated setting and a south western exposure to capture sunsets over the Blue Ridge Mountains. The property is mostly open and well fenced in separate paddocks with run ins in the front and a great wide pasture of close to 10 acres in the back. There are two charming two stall barns with tack and feed rooms and run in shelters in every field.

John Ince , Nest Realty

22.91 ACRES
3718 SQ FT
Ultimate Equine Estate, High Knoll 101 acres of Waterfront and Exquisite House!

Melfa, Accomack County, Virginia

High Knoll is an architectural masterpiece by Lewis A. Rightmier on prime 101.2 acres along legendary Taylor Creek overlooking the ES Yacht & Country Club. 3343 feet of water frontage, 23 subdivided lots, good soils. Artisan's dream features fieldstone patios, Marble, stone and brick endowed highlights throughout house. French doors. Astonishing one piece granite counter tops that are one of a kind stand as a centerpiece of an amazing kitchen. Has automatic generator, heated kennel, wine cellar, dock, expansive open floor plan with many rooms. Skylights of tinted glass and a heated master bath floor. Several Bonus rooms/sleeping areas, Cabana house has 2 car garage. Called High Knoll because most of the property including waterfront along with house is outside of flood plan shown by maps. High Knoll is a great description. As noted not only does it overlook the ES Yacht and Country Club, but also has enormous elevation advantages over most waterfront properties. A majority of even the waterfront lots sit outside the flood plain which is rare on ESVA for waterfront properties. You won't find a better combination of dynamics on such a large acreage piece. While it doesn't have a barn one could easily be built and plenty of room for expanding some of the fencing that was for a dog kennel for horses along with it. This property wont last long as the house is finishing up being upgraded and totally redone inside. The majestic views and great architectural finishings make this an absolute dynamo even as waterfront properties are concerned.

Shaun Sterling , Coldwell Banker Harbour Realty/59

101.00 ACRES
4500 SQ FT
Small town living in horse country!

The Plains, Fauquier County, Virginia

Small town living in horse country. 6 BD/ 6.5 BA former B&B, now home, 4+ acres with mountain views. Easy access to I-66. B&B possible too.

Peter Pejacsevich , Middleburg Real Estate - Atoka Properties

4.28 ACRES
3818 SQ FT
Shenandoah Valley Horse Farm

Elkton, Rockingham County, Virginia

Lovely turn-key custom 41-acre gentlemen's horse farm with stunning, nearly 180 degree, views of the mountains and the Shenandoah National Forest in Rockingham County. Approximately 1700' of road frontage on East Point Road with gated entrance and 444' feet on Bryant Hollow Road which allows for easy and multiple entrances to the farm. Watch your horses graze the front pasture from the beautifully landscaped yard and patio. The well-maintained brick home has an expansive master suite including a private jacuzzi room. The spacious kitchen has beautifully appointed oak cabinets, a large island and granite/corian countertops. Lots of storage and entertainment spaces can be found throughout this low-maintenance home. The home has a three car garage, two-zone hot water heaters, generator, Comcast Internet available ( a rare find for a country property) and a brick patio with built-in stainless, propane grill.

Gayle Harvey , Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.

41.00 ACRES
4118 SQ FT
Charming historic home ~ circa 1770 ~ on approximately 7 acres

Middleburg, Loudoun County, Virginia

Charming historic home ~ circa 1770 ~ on approximately 7 acres. Beautiful property & gardens. Main residence renovated & well cared for. Includes a gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances & 3 fireplaces. Guest house & wonderful 5 stall barn has office, art studio and pine floor loft. Bank level of barn has reinforced floor that can be used as garage space. Serene and tranquil setting - perfect for entertaining!

Peter Pejacsevich , Middleburg Real Estate - Atoka Properties

6.99 ACRES
2770 SQ FT
Lexington Va, Allegheny Highlands with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia

Nestled in the Allegheny Highlands with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this beautiful rural retreat has something for everyone. Want room for an art or dance studio? Workshop or craft room? There are so many options to make this beautiful property your own. At the end of your private lane, the 4 bedroom, 3 bath log home with open floor plan also features stainless appliances, integrated generator, 2 offices, a laundry room, and a storage room. It was renovated in 2017. The great room has a natural gas powered stove and the family room built- in bookshelves. There is a screened-in rear porch and sun deck overlooking the pastures. Called Adventure Farm, it is completely fenced with a gated entrance, a 5 stall horse barn with tack room, automatic waterers, paddocks, round pen, 4 run in sheds, and equipment sheds. For the car enthusiast, there is a 50' by 36' garage/workshop with AC/heat, Snap On lift, integrated compressors and plumbed bathroom that could be easily converted into a studio/workshop. There is a fenced chicken coop, potting shed with hard wood floors and an additional garage with loft space. The property is located 8 miles from historic Lexington, Virginia, shopping and two colleges. Adventure Farm is waiting for you to make it into whatever you can dream!

Susan Rinehart , Jfbrown

17.00 ACRES
3900 SQ FT
Buttersfield Estate with 258 acres, 4600 + sq. ft. farmhouse, guest house & pool

Chase City, Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Discover the stunning Buttersfield Estate. You will know you have arrived when you see the wood fencing & stone entrance in the middle of Southern Virginia’s bucolic countryside. At the end of the paved, tree lined driveway you find a beautiful 2 story, 4,655 sq. ft. home in a serene, secluded setting surrounded by acres of farm land. Custom family home built to standards of quality & craftsmanship yet designed for comfortable living. Handsome pine flooring, fabulous Chippendale railing on the oversized stairway, brick foyer, tall ceilings are just are a few of the outstanding features. The formal living room has a 2 sided fireplace which also opens to the study. Next is the sun filled formal dining room where French doors lead out to the brick patio which overlooks the in-ground swimming pool, pool house & pergola. The fully equipped kitchen with its custom designed tile backsplash opens to the keeping room with a wall of built-in shelves, cabinets & drawers & fireplace. A bonus room is used as a 5th bedroom. There is a 1st-floor master w/ensuite bath, great laundry room & sunroom. There are 2 stairways, 2 car garage, many buildings & a tree house! The farm is comprised of 258.1 acres, with 17 acres of timber, that lies across Butcher's Creek. The remainder of the farmland is entirely fenced around the borders and along Butcher's Creek in the back with barbed wire fencing. The fencing along the highway, along both sides of the driveway, all of the interior fencing around the farmhouse, stable, and livestock sheds, and the horse riding rink, is wooden board fencing. The farm was originally a pristine horse farm, with a 40 ft. x 50 ft. stable with 4 regular stalls, 1 foaling stall, and 2 tack rooms. The farm also has 3 more sheds for housing livestock in the various pastures. The farm has a variety of water available for livestock in each pasture including 2 ponds, 2 automatic livestock waterers, and regular water spigots. The farm also has a 40 ft. x 160 ft. equipment shed to house all of your farm equipment. Enclosed, chain link dog kennels, with concrete floors onsite. Working corrals with head-gate & chutes. Golf driving range.

Scotty Felton , Long & Foster South Boston

258.10 ACRES
4655 SQ FT

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