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
The River Ranch Farm

Chesapeake, Chesapeake County, Virginia

Welcome to The River Ranch Farm! Beautiful, move in ready home has gorgeous views (sunrises and sunsets with horses all around)! River Ranch Farm has the wide open feel like Wyoming, and the welcoming pastures like Kentucky. If you are looking for plenty of room for children, and/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. Great views, great schools, and great location. Sign and buy today. Move in at closing. Open House 10 to 2pm Saturday and Sunday, Jan 25th and Jan 26th; please stop by and take a tour. Price may include agent commission up to 3%.

Nathan Conner , For sale by owner

3.00 ACRES
3202 SQ FT
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. Equine amenities include a 36’ x 48’ 3-stall horse barn, four paddocks, two run-in sheds, two riding rings, riding trails & post & plank fencing. Perfect setting for a cross country course and large, flat areas for additional riding arenas. Approximately 70 acres of fenced pasture with bold stream and hay fields. 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
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 , Fathom Realty

77.34 ACRES
7124 SQ FT

Halifax, Halifax County, Virginia

Welcome to Cowford! This magnificent property is the perfect combination of seclusion yet conveniently located near all amenities. The home is situated on 79.41 acres & comes with two well maintained ponds. As you enter the home, you will find a spacious living room that has Cathedral ceilings, wall of windows, & fireplace. The light-filled, eat-in kitchen is complete with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, double pantries, & an abundance of storage cabinets. The first floor master suite features en suite master bathroom, his & her walk-in closets and French doors that lead out to the deck. Formal dining room, powder room, & mud room complete the main level. The second floor is where you will find a large secondary master suite w/en suite master bathroom, 2 additional guest bedrooms & full guest bathroom. The finished basement has a large family room, wet bar, full bathroom, large storage room, & laundry room. Enclosed porch, deck and double garage complete the home. Single detached garage has a fire pit area & indoor/outdoor dog kennels that has a separate septic tank. Recent timber cruise on file. Call today for a private tour of this gorgeous & serene property.

Scotty Felton , Long & Foster South Boston

79.00 ACRES
4261 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
Luxury meets rustic in this one of a kind Estate!

Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia

High end craftsmanship in every detail of this 4 bed/4.5 bath log cabin. Endless features include low maintenance exterior-vintage Hand Hewn 1800's logs, Hardi Plank siding, & metal roof. Interior boosts an inviting open concept, cable railing staircases, VA grown oak flooring, unique masonry fireplaces and exposed floor joist ceiling to marvel over. Huge kitchen w/ granite counter tops &custom cabinetry. Unforgettable main level master suite w/ a walk in shower, ceramic flooring, glass doors w/double bowl vanity. Basement has 1950s era bar from the Elk's club & so much more! Tucked away in the countryside w/ 22.58 acres just minutes from the popular Blenheim Vineyards. Love where you Live!

KK Homes , Long & Foster Real Estate

22.58 ACRES
4148 SQ FT
Hever Farm - 20 Acres with Covered Arena and Remodeled Home!

Mineral, Goochland County, Virginia

Move in ready and immaculate! Enjoy showing off your new home with the renovated kitchen and granite counter tops, a cooking island with Jenn air cook top, new built in ovens and so much more! The large first floor master and beautifully appointed master bath makes your living space like a spa. The brand new quality flooring, carpet and paint throughout are all ready for you! A perfect home for entertaining with a wet bar and huge 3 seasons porch is the perfect place for those summer gatherings. And you'll enjoy the fireplace on those chilly evenings! Looking for other hobbies? The covered chicken coup is ready for your chicks and there is even a bird aviary for the bird lover in you. And no home is complete without its own Koi pond to encourage some peaceful reflection.This property has it all and then some! Easy access to I64. Easy commute between Charlottesville, Richmond & Fredericksburg. Come see for yourself!

Janet McLean , Keller Williams Midlothian

20.00 ACRES
2621 SQ FT
Cottage on the hill!!

Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia

Cottage on the hill! This sweet 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is full of charm. Move in ready with several recent updates some of which include newly refinished hardwood floors, recently installed laminate flooring, new bathroom vanity new microwave and refrigerator. Centrally located in Rockbridge County less than 5 miles outside of town and situated on 3.5 acres. Some exterior amenities include: storage building, rear deck and front porch.

Kimberly Hostetter , Lexington Real Estate Connection

3.50 ACRES
1600 SQ FT
Historic Whitewood Estate for Sale with 116 Acres in Beautiful Rural Setting!

Powhatan, Powhatan County, Virginia

Welcome to Whitewood Estate! This historic property is nestled on 116 acres of rolling hills and pristine landscaping, complete with stocked pond, bluestone patios and walkways, and mature hardwoods. Dating back to the 1800s, this home boasts the most incredible of original features, including wide plank heart pine flooring, antique hardware, solid wood doors, exposed beams, & even the original wellhouse with true original sliding barn doors. The driveway winds through the trees and opens up to overlook this incredible estate. Upon entering the home you will notice large windows throughout, each with picturesque views granting tons of natural light. The kitchen is complete with stainless appliances including refrigerator, freshly painted cabinets, butcher block countertops, and Wainscotting. Dining room doubles as morning room with original slate floors and exposed beams. Two master bedrooms on the main floor, each with private full bath & walk-in closet, and two large additional bedrooms on the 2nd floor, offer ideal living options for families & guests of all generations. Gorgeous second home (est. 2000), salt water pool, outdoor fireplace, pool house, & more! View Property eBook: http://bit.ly/2987HuguenotTrail_eBook

Rhonda Carroll , Clocktower Realty Group

116.00 ACRES
3534 SQ FT

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