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
10 - acres, remodeled home with barn, pool, and community riding trail to river

Fredericksburg, Stafford County, Virginia

Nestled on a large, private lot in sought-after Rappahannock Ridge Estates, you’re just 10 minutes to shopping and dining and 15 minutes to I-95. Community has private riding/hiking trail that takes you down and along the beautiful Rappahannock River. Perfect for anyone in search of serenity, peace, and quiet!

Liz Ruppert

10.00 ACRES
2976 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 Charlottesville Horse Farm

Free Union, Albemarle County, Virginia

This darling Free Union cottage with gorgeous mountain views makes the perfect hunt box or mini farm. Located within hacking distance to the Farmington Hunt Club and with access to miles of riding trails. The bright cheerful home offers one level living, hardwood floors, a large eat-in country kitchen, remodeled bath, living room, rec room, and 3 bedrooms. Including the unfinished space in the lower rec room, the home has 2505 sq.ft. of liveable area. The small custom barn has an upstairs room, & board fenced pasture await your horses. Plus the detached garage w/ electricity offers 2 bays in front and a 3rd bay behind that could be finished as a shop or studio. The home is picturesquely sited among mature shade trees and the property is located in the Western Albemarle school district, only 11 miles to Charlottesville. You don't find many affordable horse properties and this is a special one. It could not have a better location for the foxhunter or trail rider. Partially finished walk up basement includes a wood stove that is able to heat the entire home.

Pam Dent , Gayle Harvey Real Estate Inc.

2.23 ACRES
1479 SQ FT
Horse Stables with Indoor Arena - Country setting yet conveniently located.

Broad Run, Prince William County, Virginia

One of a kind 10 acre 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 farmette on the South River in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

Crimora, Augusta County, Virginia

Tranquility awaits on this eight acre South River front horse farmette in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Although the farmette is very private, there are many desirable destinations nearby. Staunton City hosts the Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Play House, and Waynesboro has the Wayne Theater. Massanutten and Wintergreen are both local four season resorts. There is a view of the Skyline Drive from the farmette, and the Blue Ridge Parkway is a short drive away, as well as, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville. The secluded South River Retreat has eight acres with excellent fencing, partially wooded with three great pastures. It features a 2700 sq. ft. open concept home, three stall barn, and riding ring ready to receive horses. The river is a source of a life time of wonderful memory making including fishing, floating and swimming. Easy access to both regional and national airports Please enjoy the video tour

Rebecca Bozic

8.00 ACRES
2700 SQ FT
Luxurious Custom - Built Farmette Close to Amenities in Western Prince William Co

Nokesville, Prince William County, Virginia

IMPROVED PRICING!! Custom-built FARMETTE in Western PWC*No HOA*Built 2014 -UPGRADED 4 BR/3. 5 bath*10 acres/5 cleared & fenced for your FARM friends*Relaxing front porch*Open floor plan*Granite counters throughout,SS appliances, Hand scraped 5 inch wide HW*oversized garage*Stone FP*Finished walk up basement w/ wet bar*32x20 lighted composite deck w/ gazebo*ONLY 5 miles from all amenities*HUGE bedrooms*Pottery Barn Perfect!! Check out the website! https://listings.realbird.com/F6E3S8V6/509727.aspx

Kerri Ralston , Pearson Smith Realty

10.00 ACRES
4394 SQ FT
10 ACRE HORSE FARM w/ 6,420 sqft ranch home. 40x40 Detached Garage. Wooden Fence

Nokesville, Prince William County, Virginia

10-ACRES! Fully FENCED HORSE PADDOCKS- oak board fence. 3 STALL SHED ROW. 3 RUN-INS. THE GRASS IS LUSCIOUS GREEN and ready for your horses!

Joy Gartzke , Re/Max Gateway

10.00 ACRES
Custom MIke Garcia on 10 Acres

Woodbridge, Prince William County, Virginia

Welcome Home to this stunning custom-built Mike Garcia colonial that sits on 10 spectacular acres of privacy. A perfect 10 with its soaring ceilings, custom trim, new lifetime roof, Site finish hardwoods, 5 spacious bedrooms (main level Master suite), huge 3 car garage, and a parklike yard. The main level features a 2-story foyer, an elegant formal living room & dining room, a gourmet kitchen that opens to the breakfast room, a family room with a gas fireplace, and a spacious master bedroom with his and her walk-in closets and a stunning master bathroom. The upper level features 3 spacious bedrooms and 2 full baths. The finished walkout level basement has a rec room, a fifth bedroom and full bath, an office, and tons of storage. Enjoy the peace and quiet on the large deck overlooking the parklike backyard that is great for relaxing and entertaining.

Wes Stearns , Mo Wilson Properties Inc

10.20 ACRES
3934 SQ FT
Horse Farm for Sale

Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia

66+ Acres - 2 Miles of Triangle Horse Fencing Fantastic Views of Mountains and Nearby Pond 4600 Square Ft. Main House, 2nd Home 960 SF Stable 42' x 84' with 11 stalls, Wash Rack, Office, Tack Room Bank Barn 40' x 100' with 10 stalls 3 Run-in Sheds Paddocks - Auto Waterers

Carl Hales , MarketPlace REALTY Licensed in VA

66.00 ACRES
4600 SQ FT
Leesburg's prestigious Hunt Country property with BARN & Guest House

Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia

Are your clients seeking stunning views of the Loudoun Valley yet still want to be close to all that Downtown Leesburg has to offer. Set on a generous lot with approximately 6.5 acres, this estate or “Farmette” is the perfect size & location you won’t want to miss. Private 6 stall barn, guesthouse, studio and endless acres to explore are just the backdrop for this home. Everything in this home has been done. Beautiful wood moldings, hardwood floors and expansive & modern floorplan have that WOW factor & FARM CHARM your Loudoun County buyers are looking for! Enjoy endless nights on your covered porch sipping local Piedmont Region Wines. The kitchen was designed to make preparing large meals a breeze. Kitchen has a gourmet Stainless Steel appliance package, wrap around breakfast bar, granite counters & plenty of counter space. Enjoy breakfast and the views from your eat in kitchen with large picture window. 5 Bedrooms upstairs but the master bedroom is a world apart, as it features an expansive sitting area, 3-sided fireplace, sunroom along with a resort-style bathroom that includes a separate shower and deep soaking tub with the best views. With approx. 9,000 square ft of interior space in the main house the options are endless. Added highlights include massive laundry workroom (with laundry shoot), 2 car garage & high speed Internet!

Ariana Gillette , Pearson Smith Realty

7.00 ACRES
9000 SQ FT

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