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
Ultimate Equine Estate, 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
Horse Farm with Gorgeous Views of the Shenandoah Nat'l Forest FOR SALE BY OWNER

Elkton, Rockingham County, Virginia

EXECUTIVE HORSE PROPERTY FOR SALE BY OWNER - CALL OWNER 402-992-2676 for showing. Turn-key custom 41 acre gentlemen's horse farm in Rockingham County with breathtaking views of the Shenandoah National Forest. Approximately 1700 ft. road frontage on E Point Rd and 444 ft frontage on Bryant Hollow Rd. Watch your horses in the front pasture from a nicely landscaped, private-gated three bedroom, 4,118 sq. ft. living area, single story, 3 full bath, executive home. Master suite includes a private Jacuzzi room. Three gas fireplaces. Modern eat-in kitchen, stainless steel appliances, beautifully appointed oak cabinets and granite counter-tops. New cooking range. Laundry room with storage. Formal dining room, living room, study with built in shelving and wet bar. Den, laundry room, and sun room with private deck and lovely rose garden. Hardwood and ceramic floors. Outdoor built-in stainless steel gas grill and 420 sq ft entertainment area. Three car garage,1,026 sq. ft. Irrigation septic system, deep well. Two zone hot water heaters. Kinetico water softener system. New heat pump, A/C and automatic humidifier. HVAC and septic systems on transferrable maintenance contracts. Propane back-up generator with service contract. Comcast cable. Security gate. Alarm system. Great views of National forest including Massanutten ski area. Eight stall barn with LED lighting, 4 stalls have turnouts and Dutch doors. Stalls with swing-out hay racks/ feed buckets and insulated water buckets. Separate heated tack room, multiple water hydrants, wash-stall and 3 hot water bibs. Two turnout pastures with solar powered electric fences. A separate underground dog fence surrounds the house and barn. Outdoor riding arena is 180 x 100. Fifteen acres of hay fields. Property is 20 minutes from Harrisonburg and less than 1 h from Charlottesville, VA. Call for Appointment 402-992-2676.


41.00 ACRES
4118 SQ FT

Lawrenceville, Brunswick County, Virginia

OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A UNIQUE EQUINE PROPERTY. Indoor riding arena (80 x 160). 20 stall heated barn. Outdoor riding ring (140 X 280). Fenced and cross fenced pastures. Unlimited Income Potential. Great location. Low Taxes. This exceptional equine property has all the amenities. The barn is heated and insulated with concrete center aisle, twenty stalls (18 are 12 x 12; 2 are 12 x 16) manufactured by MD Barns. There is a 12 x 18 tack room, 12 x 6 equipment room, 12 x 12 lab/utility room with ½ bath, washer, dryer, and refrigerator. The large office/lounge (16 x 32) is heated and air conditioned. Stall fronts are tongue and groove varnished spruce. The barn has a Pyranha automatic fly system. All stalls have automatic waterers, Orion lighting on timers, turntable feeders and hay racks. Just steps away, there is an 80 x 160 indoor riding arena. And there is a 140 x 280 outdoor riding ring and a 60 ft round pen. Pastures are all fenced and cross fenced with three board white oak on pressure-treated four by four posts. There are four large pastures with shelters and two small turnouts. The 3 bedroom 2 bath home has a wood-burning fireplace, ceiling fans, stove, refrigerator, and washer and dryer. The property contains several additional structures: a 14 x 60 carport for RV or truck and trailer; RV parking with electrical and sewer hook-up; a 16 x 40 equipment shed; and a 12 x 24 equipment shed. All of this is set on 35.15 acres of gently sloping land and located less than ½ hour from Interstate 95 (to the east) and Interstate 85 (to the west) in southern Virginia. Please call us with questions and to set up a tour of this outstanding property.

Ralph & Laura Manuel , For Sale By Owner

35.15 ACRES
936 SQ FT
ECO house with acreage inviting for pasture, hay, orchard or gardening.

South Boston, Halifax County, Virginia

Eco Friendly Award Winning Home on 58 +/- ac., Halifax County VA. Eco-Green was the guide & rule followed in the construction of this 3 Bedroom 2 ½ Bath home. The 1st step was finding & employing the right architect & the right contractor to insure all the elements of a green home would be understood & utilized, starting with its location & its angle with the sun to maximize southern exposure of sun for the solar panels & lighting. From the ground up, you will find the materials were selected using the highest eco-friendly standards available. The radiant heat is incorporated in the floors throughout the house w/rooms heated independent of each other. The natural cooling/heating is through the design & materials, w/two ductless units (operated by heatpump) upstairs for back-up when needed. This 2080 sq. ft. home with its patio, deck, walks & garden, sits beautifully above a spring fed pond, all about 5 minutes outside the township of South Boston. The land is inviting to both pasture & fields for horses and the wildlife. The floors are concrete, cork & tile. The seller has requested that the address not be disclosed. Showings will be arranged for prequalified prospective buyers only.

Scotty Felton , Long & Foster South Boston

58.00 ACRES
2080 SQ FT

Saxe, Charlotte County, Virginia

Welcome to Annefield. This home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. This historic property has been meticulously renovated to highlight not only its original features & charm, but also to include lavish, modern conveniences. Originally built in c.1858, this Italianate-style villa underwent extensive renovations from 2005 to 2009. As you enter the twin entry doors, the foyer leads you to a formal parlor on the right and a library to the left. Behind the parlor is the formal dining room and behind the library is a den. The back of the first floor is a well-appointed kitchen, pantry, wet bar with icemaker and a full bathroom. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, two large full bathrooms, a laundry room and porch overlooking the garden. There are five additional structures on the property: original, unrestored kitchen house, restored smokehouse, restored office, partially restored mid-20th century dairy barn, and an unrestored c.1830 house. This property has 189.74 acres and two stocked ponds. Call today for your private tour of this magnificent estate. For additional information, go to www.annefieldplantation.com

Scotty Felton , Long & Foster South Boston

189.74 ACRES
4124 SQ FT

Gloucester, Gloucester County, Virginia

WOW!!!Lovely contemporary home awaiting your arrival. Five beautiful acres that boast great views on Back Creek, lovely landscaped-partial irrigated lawn,special wood features throughout home, heart pine floors, stairs, cabinets;2 keels of an old ship used in ceiling,New water system,kitchen has stainless appliances (brand new ovenµwave) and granite tops,lots of closet/storage space between kitchen and utility area;custom built stone fireplace w/electric logs,great office w/built ins w/water view. Sunroom has a view you will love,family room has built ins for TV and sound system- & has wet bar; Master has two closets,granite-double vanity,lovely shower,bedrm exits to deck with hot tub;all bathrooms have granite tops,Conditioned crawl space,Stunning driveway lined with Crepe Myrtles,and fenced in areas for horses w/2 stalls (12x16) each, storage for hay, tack room has fridge,running water(hot water heater too)auto fly spray system,wash rack w/cross ties.Private dock w/boat lift of 9000 lbs. Seller says up to 5' deep;NO FLOOD INS needed;1 att. garage and 4 car detached garage. What a GEM...ready to move into condition! Close to courthouse area, shopping, hospital, restaurants.

Deborah Rhodes , Victory Rhodes Realty Services, Inc.

5.00 ACRES
4272 SQ FT
Two Story Farmhouse on 23.78 Acres, Barns, Pole Shed & 2 Other Homes

Halifax, Halifax County, Virginia

Rare opportunity to own your own farm! This property offers the best of country living with a beautiful two story farmhouse with several barns and a large pole shed to store all your farming equipment. Plenty of open land for horses or cattle. There are two other homes on the property that offer the opportunity for rental income. Scenic views of the property from the main house. This is a must see property!

Scotty Felton , Long & Foster South Boston

23.78 ACRES
2016 SQ FT
Horse Property in the Heart of Williamsburg

Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia

Enjoy the privacy of 3+ acre horse property with convenience of dining and shopping in the heart of Williamsburg. 1st Floor master bedroom and bath. Open floor plan with great size family room. Gorgeous wrap around porch and balcony. Come see today!

Carlyn Menser , Anchor Realty Group

3.65 ACRES
2430 SQ FT
Luxurious Equestrian Estate In Pungo, Virginia Beach VA

Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach County, Virginia

The Peace and Serenity of Country Living Just Minutes Away from Every Possible Convenience Including Shopping, Dining and Sandbridge Beaches. This Meticulously Maintained Ranch Home Features a 2,600 Sqft. Main House with 4 Bedrooms and 3 baths as well as a 1,200 Sqft. Detached Mother-in-Law Suite with a Fully Equipped Gym. Located on the North Side of the Green Line and Will One Day be Able to be Subdivided. The Barn with New Siding Offers Five Stalls with a Tack Room and Wash Stall. All Stalls have Cold and Hot Water. The Middle Field has the Footing for a Dressage Ring and Run-in Barn is Adjacent. Recently Added Zoned Geo-Thermal Systems and new HVAC in In-Law Suite. Are you Ready for Summer? From the Beautifully Landscaped Grounds to the Pool with Recently Installed New Liner, Pump and Filter System to the Fabulous Sunken Hot Tub. You will have a “Stay-Cation” all Year Long. This is a Magnificent Home You do Not Want to Miss!

Tana Hipp , ERA

4.48 ACRES
2600 SQ FT
Spotsylvania Horse Property!

Spotsylvania Courthouse, Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Beautiful cleared pasture land and a 2 stall horse barn! Very comfortable home with everything you could want! Main level master suite, main level living and a finished walk out basement. Patio out back, screened porch, and a covered front porch. Garage is 832 sq feet! Brand new roof! Check it out!

Peggy Withers , Long and Foster

5.00 ACRES
2647 SQ FT

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