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
Incredible Custom Hunt Box in Bull Run Hunt Territory

Rapidan, Orange County, Virginia

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
60 - Acre turn key equestrian center!

West Point, King William County, Virginia

60 Acre turn key horse farm. Adjacent to the Sandy Point State Park with over 1,000 acres of groomed trails and access to the Mattaponi River by horseback. 3 barns, all located for convenient turnout. #1 Center isle barn contains 5-12 x 12 interior stalls and 3-12 x 12 exterior stalls. h bath, large tack room with 15 individual tack cubbies, additional room for feed or storage, large hay loft accessed by stairs. #2 Modified shed row style with 3-12 x 12 stalls and 2-12 x 16 stalls. Large covered area and a storage or feed room. #3 Shed row barn. Back to back stalls totaling 12. 3-10 x 10 stalls and 9-12 x 12 stalls. Separate feed room large tack room with individual tack cubbies, and a covered breezeway for tacking up. Large metal equipment shed. 80 x 36 feet. 3 open bays for parking equipment and horse trailers. 2 work shops with concrete floors. Storage for hay in overhead lofts. 20+ fenced acres. Including 7 private paddocks and 11 individual pastures, all with 3 board fencing. Two riding arenas with footing. One is a 20 x 60-meter regulation dressage arena, with a mix of sand and stone dust footing, lights, and mirrors. The second is 225 x 100 ft arena, with all weather footing, for jumping or flat work. Both arenas drain very well after rain. Two additional arenas with out footing. In the fields that are not fenced there is enough room to work, set up a cross country course, or to grow hay. Many shows have been held here, both rated and schooling shows, with plenty of room for parking.

Nicolas Worsham , eXp Realty

60.00 ACRES
3000 SQ FT
Beautiful Mountain Views Abound on This Exceptional 32+ Acre Farm Property!

Stanardsville, Greene County, Virginia

Fall in love with the panoramic Blue Ridge Mountain views surrounding this 1-owner home and secluded Virginia paradise! Every aspect of this amazing farm property is sure to dazzle your senses. 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths w/ 3 master suites! Dream kitchen w/ stainless appliances, double oven, 2 cook tops, built-in wine rack, and great butler's pantry! Huge office/media/bonus room. Tons of natural light through the ample windows to capture the breath taking mountain views from almost every angle! Huge finished basement with kitchenette and full bath. 3 car over-sized garage. 32+ acres, 3-stall barn plus tack room and hay loft, 4 separate pastures w/ run-in sheds and auto-waterers. Property has 16 wooded acres with riding trails and backs up to over 120 untouched wooded acres of Barnet Mountain. Over 100 photos available: https://www.dropbox.com/home/470%20Echo%20Lane https://www.longandfoster.com/WalterKey/homes-for-sale/470-Echo-Ln-Stanardsville-VA-22973-282568462 Priced Almost $60,000 BELOW TAX VALUE!!

Walter Key , Long and Foster / Christie's International Real Estate

32.32 ACRES
5293 SQ FT
LOOKING for an Equestrian Facility w / COVERED ARENA?

Louisa, Louisa County, Virginia

LOOKING for a perfect #Horse Farm on 25+ac & an clear span COVERED Riding Arena!? Currently used as an income producing Hunter / Jumper Training, Lesson & Boarding Facility centrally located for all of your equestrian disciplines/endeavors! Additionally, the Farm is currently $35K under recent appraisal! The Farm is best suited for a professional Boarding/Training facility, hosting clinics/local Horse Shows, Layover facility, or private use for the serious Equestrian!

KIMBERLY RUPP , Homes & Farms in Virginia brokered by eXp Realty

25.58 ACRES
1898 SQ FT
Historic Teddington Estate

Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia

Ever dream of leaving city or suburban life to live on a little farm of your own? Welcome to the iconic Teddington-a true gentleman’s farm. Imagine what life would be like in this historic home built in 1820, and located in picturesque Old Church. Situated on 14+ acres of pastoral property where you can pick apples, pears, peaches and cherries from your very own orchard. Teddington is a unique home close to all the conveniences of the city set in your own little slice of heaven. Escape the hustle and bustle for a more bucolic existence with updated bathrooms and kitchen and an adorable guest house for entertaining friends. This beautiful home is complete with a whole house generator, tons of upgrades & an English basement, and is full of original character and charm. There is a lovely vegetable garden, greenhouse, and a barn for raising your own livestock. Bring your horses! Teddington is simply magical.

Jenny Maraghy , Joyner Fine Properties

14.47 ACRES
3500 SQ FT
Beautiful Estate with Barn and Acreage on The James River

Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia

Enjoy 350 Ft of panoramic river views from every room of this custom built waterfront estate in a gated community. You will love life in this 4600 SQ FT 5 bed, 4.5 bath colonial with hardwood floors, wide open spaces, a master suite with separate dressing room and large bath, kitchen and baths boasting new granite countertops all over, custom cabinetry and a walk in pantry. Additional square footage includes the FROG with its own mini split heating/cooling system, basement and plenty of closets and walk up attic space for additional storage. This one owner home has been impeccably planned, built and maintained with updated systems and well-kept attributes including whole home backup generator, energy efficient blown fiberglass insulation with 6" studs, two wells, geo thermal heating, DP 50 rating windows on the riverside, a newer roof, wood burning oversized brick fireplace with blower for heating the home, attached 3 car garage and more. The estate sits on almost 6 acres and also includes a detached 4,000 sq. ft. three story barn with clearance for a boat and two cars, an attached green house, its own electric panel and wood burning furnace with electric blower, A/C units and more. A truly remarkable colonial farmhouse home situated within a short drive to downtown Smithfield, and more. ADDITIONAL UPDATES UNDER WAY.

Julie Crist , HOWARD HANNA

5.46 ACRES
4600 SQ FT
Historic Travelers Rest is an operating equestrian facility featuring two homes.

Saint Stephens Church, King and Queen County, Virginia

The property features a main house and cottage as well as a shop / office, a 5 stall barn, rolling fenced pasture, 3 riding areas, additional covered storage and a beautifully landscaped yard.

Jeff Brooks , Hometown Realty

23.00 ACRES
5356 SQ FT

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