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
Virginia Equestrian Estate with River Frontage

Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia

Extensively renovated, rustic farmhouse situated on 174 acres offers an exclusively private setting, ready for new owners to realize the dream of rural living. Farm borders 3/8 mile of the Piney River, best known for trout fishing. Quaint, restored log cabin serves as a guest house or rental. 36’ x 48’ 3-stall horse barn, four paddocks, two run-in sheds, two riding rings, riding trails & post & plank fencing. Approximately 70 acres of fenced pasture with two streams and hayfields. Beautiful views abound: mountain, pastoral, sunrise, sunset, wooded vistas & rocky outcrops. The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail runs along the river frontage & features a nearby covered bridge. Property has historical significance with Jefferson’s Trace on eastern boundary. Ideal for a private residence, retreat, B&B, vineyard/winery, boarding stable, event venue or VRBO/AirBnB. Adjacent 154 acre parcel available with add'l 7/8 mile of river frontage and stunning mountain views.

Heidi O'Connor , United Country Real Estate - Jeff Davis & Associates, LLC

174.00 ACRES
3781 SQ FT
541 Deerfield Rd.

Millboro, Bath County, Virginia

Welcome to Diamond Triple C Ranch at Echo Valley! Two homes on a stunning 76.72 acre agricultural paradise! The land is gently rolling with 55 open acres in orchard grass and the balance wooded. Beautiful 1895 restored Victorian home with period outbuildings. Property includes second ranch style home and new, state-of-the-art barn facility with 7 stalls, offices, showroom, rest rooms, tack rooms and medical lab. Combined 7 buildings and 2 ponds create endless possibilities with this property such as amazing Bed and Breakfast, Wedding Venue, or alpaca/horse farm! So much to see, call agent or see additional documents in listing.

Jen Cash , Avenue Realty

76.72 ACRES
6215 SQ FT
Incredible Custom Hunt Box With Ride Out / Trail Access in Bull Run Hunt Territory

Rapidan, Orange County, Virginia

Looking for Hunt Country Ride Out & Access to Miles of Trails? Welcome to Little Winter Farm. A lovely, thoroughly custom, P.J. Williams-built HardiePlank Hunt Box situated on over 50 rolling mountainside acres in Bull Run Hunt territory. Boasting gorgeous panoramic Blue Ridge views and unparalleled ride out, this property was designed by the horse enthusiast for the horse enthusiast. The residence offers a comfortable two bedroom/two and a half bath, sun-filled open floor plan, large vaulted family room and upgraded kitchen, master suite with his and hers office space and a plethora of well-appointed details. Unique, one-of-a-kind design allows for the amazingly functional transition from living space to stable, as the barn is accessed via a conditioned breezeway. Custom center-aisle matching HardiePlank barn offers six large stalls, heated tack room with half bath and wash stall with radiant heat and organized feed storage with metal lined bins, hay loft and much much more. Bucolic lot is fenced and cross fenced, offering multiple paddocks, unmatched access to miles and miles of riding trails, a strong stream and some of the best views of the Blue Ridge that Orange County has to offer. Property's location is situated in the Bull Run Hunt territory and less than an hour from some of Virginia's best hunt territories: Keswick, Casanova, Old Dominion, Warrenton, Thornton Hill Hounds and Rappahannock Hunt, as well as, a short drive to HITS Commonwealth Park show facility. A truly incredible opportunity for the discerning rider looking for the exceptional.

Philip & Kelly Thornton , RE/MAX Crossroads

53.00 ACRES
1771 SQ FT
New Home in Spotsylvania on Acreage

Spotsylvania Courthouse, Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Huge Price Reduction for quick sale!! If you've dreamt of owning a new home in Spotsylvania on acreage, your perfect retreat awaits! This beautiful Raiser Rambler sits on nearly 4 acres with amazing views. 13540 Post Oak Road has 1900+ finished sq ft on the main level and another 1900+ in the unfinished basement. Home offers; 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, huge family room w/soaring ceiling, bright white gourmet kitchen w/granite & stainless steel, separate dining area, generously sized bedrooms, fabulous bathrooms w/tile & designer finishes, private office, main level laundry, and hardwood floors. Enjoy quiet evenings on the expansive front porch or watch breathtaking sunsets from your deck!

Lisa Fanucci-Dario , Coldwell Banker Elite

3.89 ACRES
3800 SQ FT
Streator Hill Farm with Indoor Arena

Madison, Madison County, Virginia

Like keeping an eye on your horses? Imagine walking out of your house & directly into your 9-stall barn! Welcome to Streator Hill Farm, a very unique equestrian property on 33 +/- rolling acres with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains & in close proximity to Madison County's best wineries. The spacious one-bedroom/two full bath home can easily be expanded for more bedrooms. The well-appointed barn provides all the luxuries you could desire for your horses. Both indoor & outdoor riding arenas allow for all-weather riding. This farm was built to uncompromising standards by a professional equestrian focusing on ease of operation, efficiency & safety. With all that it offers, it would be impossible to duplicate this property for anywhere near this price. DETAILS: * 168' x 70' indoor arena with sand, rubber & fiber footing * 66' x 198'(approx)outdoor arena * Center-aisle stable with 9 12'x12' matted stalls, hot & cold water in the wash bay & custom stall fronts with drop-down sections on the doors, automatic waterers & easy feed-through stall fronts. * Several stalls have steel reinforced dutch doors leading out to individual paddocks. * Easy access to Route 29, riding trails in the Shenandoah National Park & Commonwealth Horse Park. * There is a building site with stunning Blue Ridge Mountain views.

Gayle Harvey , Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.

33.80 ACRES
2199 SQ FT

Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach County, Virginia

An amazing property on 77.34 acres that was established as one of the best Equestrian Facilities around & still is. BUT, you do not have to be an Equestrian to own this property. The potential with your imagination is limitless. ALL ENTHUSIAST COME FORWARD....Horse lovers, Animal lovers, Collectors, Wedding venue, Events venue, Sports venue, Farmer, Lease the Barn, B&B, ETC.. NOTHING has been left out. Just when you think you have seen it all, THERE'S MORE! HOUSE, APARTMENT, DETACHED GARAGE, SHOOTING RANGE, OPEN LAND, GROW YOUR OWN HAY, BARN, ARENAS & PASTURES, OH MY! Reach out today for a brochure to see all that this property has to offer. When scheduling your tour, please plan a window of time to view this beautiful establishment. There is so much to see, admire & learn about the infinite details that went in to creating this MASTERPIECE. We are so excited to have you & look forward to sharing this experience with you. And yes...Dreams do come true. PLEASE BE SURE TO VIEW THE VIDEO FOR MORE PICTURES AND A 3-D TOUR!!!

Lee Ann Shelton-Matthews , Brian F. Saunders & Associates

77.34 ACRES
7124 SQ FT
Luxury Estate on 122 - acres, a rural equestrian retreat and nature reserve

Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia

On the market for the first time in decades, this 122-acre sanctuary in the Heart of Virginia offers horse lovers a unique opportunity to enjoy pleasure riding, competitive sport, training, breeding, and other equine activities in a secluded escape-from-it-all complex of fields, pastures and paddocks and woodlands with two custom-built homes, a 1-acre lake, 7-stall stable, training labyrinth, and miles of private ride-out. All under 20 minutes to a variety of shopping and dining amenities and 45 minutes to the growing cities of Lynchburg and Roanoke and the resort area of Smith Mountain Lake. The area is active in both Western and English riding activities (3 equestrian fox-hunting clubs are in the area) and the region’s horse industry is thriving -- Bedford County is 5th in horse ownership in Virginia. The Virginia Horse Center in Lexington is an hour’s drive and the property’s central location allows access to many of the 1,200 equine events that take place in the Commonwealth each year.

Chris Johnson , Long & Foster Real Estate

122.00 ACRES
4431 SQ FT
Enjoy the Rolling Hills and Mountain Views at Presidential Farms

Somerset, Orange County, Virginia

An oasis in historical Somerset, fashioned after Monticello & Montpelier architecture this beautiful brick mansion is a sight to behold. Placed privately on nearly 100 acres at the mountain's knoll, there's always a breathtaking view. Safe in a conservation easement, the mile long driveway passes a workshop and farm equipment garage with electricity, pole barns, fenced fields, and paddocks with automatic waterers. The 5 car garage has a framed unfinished apartment above which could expand your living space and would be a perfect addition to your own extraordinary AirBnB to get top dollar! Well-maintained home with gorgeous marble and hardwood floors, wide hallways, cathedral ceilings, elegant living spaces.

Cynthia Hash , Find Homes Team @ Keller Williams Realty

97.00 ACRES
4371 SQ FT
The River Ranch Farm

Chesapeake, Chesapeake County, Virginia

Welcome to the River Ranch Farm. This home is being sold as-is, this home is move in ready, it's gorgeous! It is the wide open feel like Wyoming, and the welcoming pastures like Kentucky. . If your looking for plenty of room for children, or plenty of room for horses than you have found your next home. The River Ranch displays a sky full of stars and a well manicured landscape. It's close to civilization yet far enough away to be in the country.

Charles B. Haley III , Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.

3.00 ACRES
3202 SQ FT
Victorian Country Home and Horse Farm

Glasgow, Rockbridge County, Virginia

Historic, Victorian Country Home built in 1895. Called The Link-Aulbach Homeplace. Close to Lexington, Lexington Horse Center, Mane Gait Equestrian Center and recreational destinations. Great opportunity for horse lovers -- stables, pastures and training ring! Ideally suited for small sustainable farming for local markets. Proximity to recreational destinations supports home based business location options. ADDITIONAL FORESTED ACREAGE AVAILABLE -- please ask listing agent. The 13 acres of land includes approx. 11 acres of gently rolling fenced pastures; a 100' x 200' riding ring, 36' x 36' stable w/4 stalls, tack room, wash stall, 12' center aisle, hay loft, rubber mats, drainage stone, and separate 200 amp electrical service. Gardens, shrubs and flowering trees. Pastoral views. Wrap around porch and front entrance features the carved ''fern'', trademark of the builder's family. Significant renovations and updates by the Aulbach's. The Civil War Era ''Wash House' was previously re-constructed next to the main house and adds historic ambiance. Gardens, shrubs and flowering trees. Pastoral views. Wrap around porch and front entrance features the carved ''fern'', trademark of the builder's family. Re-finished original hardwood floors; pre-Civil War Era beams in the family room; original trim, much original glass. Stately rock retaining walls, stone patio and brick walkways. Significant renovations were done by the Aulbachs. The half bath on the first floor is plumbed for a tub, which would make it a 3rd full bath. A detailed list of improvements and renovations is available.

Paula Martin , Lexington Real Estate Connection

13.00 ACRES
2748 SQ FT

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