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
New Home in *Spotsylvania County* w/ Water Access - Public Side of Lake Anna

Orange, Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Fabulous New Home in *Spotsylvania County* w/ Water Access-Public Side of Lake Anna-Over 5 Private Acres! Single Level Living w/Over 1900 Fin.Sq Ft w/ Room to Grow in Huge W/O Basement. 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath-Offering Open Floor Plan w/ Plenty of Space to Entertain. Enjoy Quiet Evenings on Large Font Porch & Sundeck! Zoned Agricultural. Bring Your Horses! Quick Walk to Common Area. Dock Slip Conveys. Walking distance to the common area w/your own assigned Boat Slip. Common area also includes picnic/grilling area and launch. Have the best of owning horses, access to Lake Anna and living in a beautiful neighborhood. *Spotsylvania County Schools*

Lisa Fanucci-Dario , Coldwell Banker Elite

5.14 ACRES
1904 SQ FT
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
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
Country Elegance!

Powhatan, Powhatan County, Virginia

All brick custom home on 31 ACRES of private wooded and open pasture land. Bring your horses! Custom built ALL BRICK home with stunning upgrades throughout. Chef's kitchen features STONE ARCHWAY over Jennair gas cook-top, large center island, morning room with STONE FIREPLACE with views of your backyard paradise. Handsome solid wood wainscot ceilings and massive 2 story stone fireplace in Great room plus hardwood floors and balcony above. Lovely arched windows, crown mouldings. chair railing and central vac. FIRST FLOOR OWNER'S SUITE with elegant generous sitting area accented by columns plus en-suite bath with huge jetted tub and walk in tiled shower. Laundry/mudroom features BUILT-IN cabinets and sink. 2nd floor bedrooms are spacious offering large closet space. Walk-in attic can be finished off or enjoyed as HUGE STORAGE SPACE. Sip your morning coffee in peaceful screened porch opening to FENCED rear yard. Paved driveway has extensive paved area perfect for entertaining, RV or boat storage. Circular paved driveway. All of this within minutes to county schools, library and YMCA as well as a James River boat landing just a few miles away.

Susan Stynes , River City Elite Properties

31.00 ACRES
4096 SQ FT
High Fields Farm

Stanardsville, Greene County, Virginia

High Fields enjoys an extraordinary setting on a high knoll overlooking the famed South River Valley of Greene County. The 1960's white, brick ranch has been completely transformed into a stylish 3 bedroom, 2 bath weekly vacation rental that brings in significant annual income. The home, with attached garage, finished basement and pool enjoys incredible views and an ideal location surrounded by period homes and farming estates. The home will convey fully furnished if desired. The acreage is about 75% open and currently used for grazing cattle and making hay. There is a six stall center aisle horse barn and good fencing around all of the open land. This is an exceptional area for ride out and one of the areas most popular roads for walking and biking along the South River, a stocked trout stream The property is protected with an Conservation easement that allows expansion of the current home and one division with a building right.

John Ince , Nest Realty

128.82 ACRES
2688 SQ FT
Price Improvement Stables w/ Indoor Arena - Country setting convenient located.

Broad Run, Prince William County, Virginia

One of a kind 10 acre (2 parcels) property and home, perfect for those who want privacy yet convenience to shopping & schools.

Candida Verrilli , Wright Realty, Inc

10.00 ACRES
1240 SQ FT
Horse farm that is one with it's natural beauty in the Blue Ridge

Penhook, Franklin County, Virginia

Welcome to Aslan Farm. Nestled in the rolling hills of southwest Virginia, near the Blue Ridge Steps, Aslan Farm was formed of its surroundings and made of the virtue in its bearing, a horse farm that is at one with its natural beauty and the symmetry of a well-planned property. Its expansive house, barns, and run-ins are all designed and constructed of wood (a Virginia tradition), and form anperfect union with each other, in a blended aesthetic. Few horse properties can boast such attention to design symmetry. "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man", Winston Churchill.

Debbie Shelton , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

20.33 ACRES
5170 SQ FT
56 acres - Gorgeous views and facilty

Vinton, Bedford County, Virginia

So much opportunity exists on the rare mountain property. Minutes from Downtown Vinton/Roanoke, airport and Parkway, this 56 acre property is comprised of lush meadows, rolling hills, timber and views to die for. Begin your morning on the enclosed front porch overlooking the 1 acre pond where abundant wildlife gathers. Ranch style home featuring one level living with 3 BRs, 2 BAs, great room, 2 stone fireplaces, open kitchen concept, ultra-clean and full of character. The 10-stall horse barn, lighted riding ring, paddocks and grazing area offer too much to list, endless possibilities. Wedding venue, winery, horse farm, or private estate you name it!

Josh Dix , Re/Max Allstars

56.00 ACRES
2390 SQ FT
Beautiful Virginia Horse Farm!

Purcellville, Loudoun County, Virginia

Over 25 pastoral acres w/ incredible views! Stunning Cape Cod home with too many upgrades to list, incl: kitchen w/ soapstone counters & stainless appliances, 30-year roof, finished basement, updated baths, wood floors, amazing back patio, generator & so much more! 5 large paddocks each w/ run-in shed & auto waterers, huge outdoor riding arena, 5-stall barn w/ heated office, tack room & wash stall

Sean Dunn , Fieldstone Real Estate

25.57 ACRES
3339 SQ FT

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