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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
Horse Property for sale.
Round Hill, Stately cc 1940 Brick Residence w / in minutes of Charlottesville VA

Earlysville, Albemarle County, Virginia

With staggering, panoramic Blue Ridge views on display as soon as one passes through the entrance gates & beyond, Round Hill Farm is truly a rare Charlottesville opportunity: A manicured, 120 acre country estate fronting the Rivanna Reservoir & only 5 mins to all conveniences, 10 mins to UVA + Downtown. After the current owners' renovations & additions, the c. 1940 brick home offers an ideal balance of entertaining rooms & casual spaces open to the large, modern kitchen. The pool's setting, like so many places on this remarkable property, is framed by the views. Add'l features: garage apt, pool kitchen & bath, 7 fireplaces incl' 1 at the covered, bluestone porch overlooking the views, gardens, greenhouses, barns, geothermal HVAC.

Bunny French , Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates

120.41 ACRES
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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
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Historic Stonyhurst estate on 95 acres in Middleburg, Virginia

Middleburg, Loudoun County, Virginia

Stonyhurst is a property with a storied background. The house is sited on 94 acres of prime, historic fox hunting land, with significant frontage on what is considered to be one of Northern Virginia’s loveliest country roads, Foxcroft Road. Just minutes from the Town of Middleburg, and just down the hill from Glenwood Park, home of Virginia’s oldest steeplechase meeting, the Middleburg Spring Races, Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty is delighted to present this exceptional example of country living. Originally built during the 1890’s by the Duffy family, Stonyhurst was acquired in the early 2000’s by its current owners who saved it from being bought and developed into a housing estate. They subsequently placed it into conservation easement so that, in perpetuity, it’s 94 acres may only be subdivided once, with the construction of just one additional residence (per restrictions).

Peter Leonard-Morgan , Hunt Country Sotheby's International Realty

94.36 ACRES
4015 SQ FT


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Captivating horse farm, 70+acres, 6 stall barn, 4 fenced pastures, 2 homes

Suffolk, Suffolk County, Virginia

Captivating 70.58 acre horse farm with two dwellings set back from the main road by a 1/4 mile long driveway. Unseen from main road. Brick Cape Cod plus detached Brick In-Law dwelling (newer) , 6 Stall Horse barn with Enormous hayloft and Tack Room, plus room to add more stall, 4 Pastures, Run-in Shed and Round Pen. Heated and cooled Workshop (newer) in the barn. Main House: Large foyer, Cathedral- ceiling family room with cozy gas fireplace, exit thru French doors to large screened porch overlooking the backyard. Spacious eat-in kitchen, dining room, first floor master ensuite, 3 more bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Huge game room over two car garage. Newer 2 zone HVAC systems, hardwood and newer laminate wood flooring (no carpeting). Approx. 50 acres in cropland. Newer separate brick dwelling with living room with gas FP, Granite kitchen counters, eat-in area; 1 bedroom, Gorgeous full bath (separate shower and tub), Granite countertop on vanity, tile floor. Screened porch for relaxing. Backup generator hookup.

Elaine Rector , Long and Foster

70.58 ACRES
3150 SQ FT


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Horse ready with updated home near Fredericksburg

Woodford, Caroline County, Virginia

SOLD! PRICE IMPROVEMENT! Bring your horses or other livestock! This property is set up to immediately relocate your animals. Almost 20 acres close to New Post with approximately 16 acres open and cleared. Rural , yet very convenient to I-95, commuter lot on Route 17 and Cosner's Corner. Property boasts a paddock with a run-in shed, custom built dog kennel, and a perc site for a barn. House has been completely renovated and updated with new granite kitchen and bathroom counters, stainless steel appliances, hardwood flooring /carpet, paint and much more. Minutes from VRE and Fredericksburg stations, hospital, grocery stores, and downtown Fredericksburg.

Victoria Jones , United Real Estate Premiere

19.30 ACRES
2168 SQ FT
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Luxury Craftsman Style Lodge home with 6 stall Horse Barn and fenced pasture

Gladys, Campbell County, Virginia

Your Horse Farm Dream Come True! Nestled in the beautiful Virginia countryside, Seneca Oak Farm is now available to become your Forever Home with over 3300 Sq. Ft. of living space for your to enjoy. This Custom Built Contemporary Home is detailed with Craftsman and Lodge Style architectural features. Reclaimed Hardwood floors welcome you into Vaulted Ceilings and Exposed Beams. A bank of windows allows light to filter into your Great Room which features a two story stone fireplace. The Open Floor Plan is an invitation for family and entertaining. The spacious Gourmet Kitchen is complete with Custom Cabinets, Granite, Farmers Sink, Gas Stove Top, Double Ovens, and Stainless Vent. Offering two Master Suites, one on the Main Level and one on the second floor, makes this the perfect option for all buyers. And don't miss the Mud Room for your furry friends with your Pet's own personal shower. The lower level expands into an inviting space with a 3rd full bath perfect for entertaining family and friends. The well equipped kitchenette/Wet Bar has luxurious cabinetry and black marble countertops, a full sink, mini fridge and opens to the family room area with a fireplace and home entertainment space to gather to watch your favorite sport or movie. Step outside onto the patio to relax and enjoy the in-ground pool and hot tub after a long day with your horses. This property is offers 71 acres of fenced and cross fenced pasture. The 60X60 Horse Stable is equipped with 6 Stalls and 2 stall spaces for hay. It includes an apartment with a full bath, tack area, and a covered area for equipment. A historic home is nestles in the trees waiting to be noticed and loved. To get a better perspective of the property, watch the virtual tour of the home and property. Call for your private tour today.

Randy Higgins , Keller Williams-Lynchburg

71.00 ACRES
3300 SQ FT


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Craftsman on beautiful 16 acre equestrian estate in Montpelier!

Montpelier, Hanover County, Virginia

Craftsman on beautiful 16 acre equestrian estate in Montpelier!

Shana Bloom , Bloom Real Estate

15.99 ACRES
3780 SQ FT
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Price Reduced $45,000

Locust Grove, Orange County, Virginia

Escape from the city and create your own mini horse farm in the heart of Orange County, Virginia. This custom estate home, with exclusive features and fine details, is sure to please the most discerning buyer. Over 6500 sf of finished living space and over 5 acres of land, just waiting for you and your horses. The main level owner's suite has an 11-ft tray ceiling, an en-suite with gold-inlaid decorator basins and custom imported tile. The 2-story family room shows off beautiful rosewood floors, custom marble fireplace and plenty of windows for you to enjoy the abundant wildlife. Entertain your guests in the formal living and dining rooms, which boast custom imported, hand-cast crown molding and imported wallpaper. The state-of-the art kitchen is a chef's delight with high-end appliances, 6-burner stove, granite counters and double wall oven. And what better way to spend a winter's day than snuggled up reading a book in the 4-season sunroom? Your guests can enjoy their privacy in a completely separate, 1-bedroom suite with full bath, separate kitchen and laundry on the lower level, and when it's time to party or relax, there's a huge recreation room complete with wet bar, also on the lower level. From here you can walk out onto the concrete patio with knee walls to enjoy the grounds. With over 5 acres, there is plenty of room for a small barn or stable and to create your paddocks and pasture areas. There is already a separate drive to access the back of the property. Located in the heart of Orange County, Virginia, this property affords a private retreat from city life, yet it's close enough to commute to Northern Virginia, Charlottesville or Richmond, and convenient to Fredericksburg, Orange, and Culpeper. The Bull Run Hunt Club ( encompasses Orange, Culpeper,Spotsylvania, and Madison Counties. James Madison's Montpelier ( is short drive, as are several wineries, and plenty of historical attractions. Orange County also enjoys low property taxes.

Jackie Griffith , Samson Properties

5.39 ACRES
6554 SQ FT
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Sweet Meadow Farm - Gentleman's Farm in Central Virginia restored 1850 farmhouse

Middlebrook, Rockbridge County, Virginia

Exceptionally beautiful 171-acre gentleman's farm with lovingly restored 1850's classic Virginia farmhouse. Original elements were salvaged and restored, mechanical systems replaced or updated. The 2-story guest house was renovated as well. Dependencies include barn with 3 open bays, two stalls and tack room, metal barn, 2 sheds, 4 livestock sheds and chicken coop. New 27' deep pond in 2015. New 5-board fencing encloses horse pastures, new 8-strand fencing around cattle and sheep pastures. 1-acre garden area with raised beds. Over $360,000 in recent improvements. Property in 3 parcels with panoramic views down Walkers Creek Valley and Jump Mountain.

Patricia Filer , Frank Hardy Sothebys International Real Estate

170.00 ACRES
2848 SQ FT
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Open Land with Running Stream - Bring Your Horses

Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia

GREAT PRICE on this 20 acres of privacy with stream in Varina. This beautiful lot perks for conventional septic in two separate locations. Lot is partially cleared, flat, and in a great location. Lot has been cleared except for five wooded acres with running stream. Bring your horses.

Robert Dalton , Long & Foster Real Estate

20.00 ACRES

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