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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.
72 acre home with extreme views, 7 possible home sites

Bentonville, Warren County, Virginia

NO HOA! Incredible VIEWS!! CREATE YOUR OWN FAMILY COMPOUND! Panoramic mountain views and total privacy. Electronic gated access ensures uninterrupted, peaceful enjoyment of more than 70 acres of mixed forest, open fields and bordering the Shenandoah National Park, within minutes of trails, wildlife and mountain streams. Breathtaking sunsets from the wrap around front porch and side patio. The side yard would be a lovely spot for a future endless pool. Large back deck, stone retaining wall . Solidly constructed custom home offers over 6,600 sq. ft. of finished living space with one level living if desired. Step inside the central foyer with a soaring ceiling, graceful staircase and gleaming hardwood flooring. Before you is the heart of this home, a towering stone fireplace, hardwood flooring and a vaulted cedar ceiling. The open floor plan seamlessly connects the great room to kitchen, casual dining area and back deck. Gorgeous cherry cabinets, black granite countertops, spacious kitchen with center island cooktop and mountain view from the windows over the corner sink. The true gem of this north wing is a lofty, warm and wonderful office/den with soaring wood ceiling, gas stove, and custom poplar wet bar with Subzero refrigerator drawer. The large picture window showcases the glorious mountain view to the west while the back of the room offers access to the deck and luscious landscaping. HIGH SPEED BROADBAND makes working from home a breeze. Next to this room is a full bath with custom vanity and exquisite detail. Rounding out the main level primary bedroom suite featuring a bay window, two walk in closets and light-filled bath with separate shower, soaking tub, double vanity and seated make up counter. Three additional bedrooms, a full bath and guest workroom/office are located on the upper level. The fully finished and carpeted lower level boasts a large entertainment room with gas fireplace walking out to the glorious side patio with views of both the back garden and sweeping vistas. Adjacent to this is another office or hobby room which could be a 5th bedroom. Whether your passion is working out, playing pool or both, additional cool and carpeted space is perfect for a variety of indoor recreational activities. The oversized two car attached garage with the detached brick four bay garage/workshop with full bath and unfinished upper level make this property a car enthusiast's dream. Outdoor wood stove designed to efficiently supplement home heating systems. The house backs to healthy forest where wildlife abounds and fronts to ten open acres with 3 fully board fenced paddocks and horse stables. The property is just a short stroll to the Lands End horse trail and Jenkins Gap Trail for riding or hiking while linking to the Appalachian trail at Skyline Drive. Recreational opportunities abound near Bentonville. Glen Manor Vineyards and other wineries, the Izaac Walton League of Warren County, the Shenandoah River and Andy Guest State Park are just minutes away. Restaurants, stores and other amenities of both Front Royal and Luray are also close by. This property is just 66 miles from Dulles International Airport, and convenient to the DC Metro area, Winchester, Strasburg and Rappahannock County. Schedule a showing today and bring your binoculars. HIGH SPEED BROADBAND INTERNET!

Daryl Stout , Weichert Realtors

72.00 ACRES
6500 SQ FT
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Golden Gaits Farm ~ 28 open acres with panoramic views

Stanardsville, Greene County, Virginia

A remarkable property perched high on the southeastern slope of Powell Mountain with far-reaching, unobstructed mountain views. The custom home is sited on a gentle slope at 1,100 feet in elevation. This modern home takes full advantage of the views with a bank of windows in the living room featuring cathedral ceilings providing spacious living, lots of natural light and an open floor plan to the kitchen and access to the rear deck. The terrace level walk-out basement has a large family room with wood stove. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with many hardscape features. For the horse or livestock enthusiast, there is 6-stall center-aisle stable, show ring, 5 paddocks w/waterers, run-in shed, 2 Butler buildings & dog kennel.

Ross Stevens , Stevens & Company

28.00 ACRES
2603 SQ FT
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Updated Equestrian Retreat ~Madison, VA~ Ponds, Pool, Stable, Arena, Shop & MORE

Brightwood, Madison County, Virginia

Constructed well over a hundred years ago, 'Red Coat' is a true country retreat with modern amenities. Cabled (Xfinity) internet, whole-house generator and gorgeous entrance. This home has a gourmet kitchen, Heart Pine floors, and plenty of space inside and out - even offering an apartment/office/gym, independent of the main home. The current owners have a wonderful eye for landscaping, they have transformed the property! Magnolia trees greet you at the entrance and as you pull through gates time stops and it feels like your own private park! This estate is set up up for a passionate equestrian, but could be modified to suit a number of different lifestyles and visions. The ponds are stocked and provide yet another area for recreation. Under 15 minutes to Culpeper, and only moments from multiple vineyards and local attractions - hiking, horses, historical mile markers & more.

Liza Payne , Frank Hardy |Sotheby's International Realty

17.92 ACRES
5880 SQ FT
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Beautiful Historic Home and Horse Farm

Chase City, Lunenburg County, Virginia

Price adjustment! Stunning horse property, boasting 45 magnificent acres, half way between NY and Ocala. A perfect farm to rest show horses or polo ponies, or a full time farm. Close to Raleigh or Richmond. Completely restored and updated historic home with fantastic curb appeal. Close to award winning wineries and craft breweries. 25 minutes to Kerr Lake for boating enthusiasts. Grow your own hay!!! 28.5 acres in hay fields yield 150-180 round bales per season. Park like setting. Private, and quiet. Completely fenced and cross fenced. 8 stall center aisle barn, super large garage/workshop with water and electric- 4 bays, hay barn. VERY LOW taxes. Some furniture and farm equipment is for sale separately. Showings are by appointment and pre-approval only. 3% to buyer's agent Owner motivated!

Kathleen Hall

45.00 ACRES
3200 SQ FT
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The River Ranch Farm

Chesapeake, Chesapeake County, Virginia

BUY TODAY, MOVE-IN SOON. ~$1K closes the deal with lawyer and title company. Free termite (WDO) report, free limited house inspection report, with purchase. Now is the time to buy. Price increases, 21 JAN; removed from the market 01 FEB. **NICE ALARM SYSTEM, EXTRA DOOR LOCKS, DRIVE WAY GATE, SECURITY LIGHTS, LARGE HOUSE, LARGE PRIVATE LOT, MOVE IN READY, GREAT LOCATION, GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS, GREAT HORSE VIEWS, NO HORSE LIMIT** Do you enjoy peace and quiet away from people? Do you enjoy drinks in the evening watching the sunset? Do you enjoy coffee in the morning watching the sunrise? Do you enjoy watching horses and/or riding horses and/or having your own horses? Then The River Ranch Farm is for you! A small farm with not a lot of work if you rather go to the beach?!! Please call for a special showing and house/property tour. 757.748.1056. This beautiful, MOVE IN READY home has gorgeous views 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 then 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, great secure house, and great location. Add agent commission to the price. Buyer to seller direct, no problem. Price subject to change at any time. Address is zoned for Southeastern elementary (~2 miles), Hickory middle (~1 mile), and Hickory high school (~1 mile).

Nathan Conner , For sale by owner

3.00 ACRES
3202 SQ FT
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Rock Ridge Farm - Turnkey equestrian property in Middleburg VA!

The Plains, Fauquier County, Virginia

Rock Ridge - Set upon a hilltop with magnificent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains is this custom stone and brick French Country style home with 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths. Encompassing over 94 acres of open and wooded land, and featuring 2 guest homes, the estate offers endless possibilities for a private retreat, entertaining or outdoor activities – all only minutes from the dining, shopping and attractions of Middleburg, VA.

Cricket Bedford , Thomas & Talbot Real Estate

94.18 ACRES
7395 SQ FT
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Dare to be different! Looking for something with personality & a story?

Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia

Looking for something with personality & a story? A once lonely & abandoned bank barn scooped up in the early 60's by an engineer & his wife both with creativity.. looking for something other than ordinary.. transformed this place with love turned it into a unique HOME! Original posts &beams exposed, hardwood floors throughout, huge rooms, 2 wood burning fireplaces & character galore! Offering over 3600 sq ft (BUT do check out the enormous awesome attic if you need more) Full of natural light- sitting right where it was originally planted overlooking Middlebrook area farms! As though the house was not enough the land will take your breath away! VIEWS, other hilltop building sites, enormous timber, come make your mark!

Charity Cox , Long & Foster Real Estate

20.70 ACRES
3640 SQ FT
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Beautiful Historic Home on 19+ / - acres with easy access to major cities

Alton, Halifax County, Virginia

Beautiful Historic home on approximately 19 acres. Be the 4th family to be stewards of this gracious home. Perfectly set up for a B&B or Airbnb and conveniently located close to Virginia International Raceway, RDU, NOVA, and the coming Danville Caesar's Casino. A perfect location for an event venue...Host weddings, family reunions or Corporate gatherings. The possibilities are endless. lso included in this property are 3 original kitchen houses; smoke house, ice house and root cellar:, 4 car garage, gazebo, large metal building, dog run and 2 lean to/run-ins for livestock. There is also electrical outlets up both sides of the driveway.

Julie Hughes , Wilkins and Company

18.72 ACRES
3932 SQ FT
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Gentleman's Estate on top of 56 pastoral acres with 3 stall barn

Daleville, Botetourt County, Virginia

Federal Style Country Home on top of 56 pastoral acres in the center of Daleville. Breath taking 360 degree views, tons of renovated space, fabulous first floor living plan with 2 renovated kitchens. In law suite, 4 large fireplaces, 2 large masters with recently renovated baths, tennis court, barn, pond, whole house generator and all fenced pastures. The house will surprise you with all it has to offer. One owner custom built brick home with a new HVAC system and roof, updated electrical and plumbing throughout. No easements, 10 minutes from I81, shopping and restaurants. 25 minutes to Downtown Roanoke.

Susan Bailey , Long & Foster

56.00 ACRES
7665 SQ FT
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Equestrian Estate with Colonial Revival & 48 stall barns

Scottsville, Albemarle County, Virginia

FARM: • A main home with attached three apartments • 5,000+ sq ft Equestrian Barn, Apartment, and Schooling Arena • 763 acres/ 400acres of tillable farm land • Can be divided into 6 parcels • Rolling Hills • Spring fed Creek, Ballenger Creek, which flows into the James River. • Spring fed duck and stocked fishing pond, • Abundance of deer, turkey, and quail • Livestock pens • Equipment Shelter • Mechanics Shot and Shelter • Dog Kennels • Fenced and Crossed fenced • Paved road frontage on Langhorne Road • Gated Entrance • Towering overlooks, stunning vistas, and picturesque views, pastoral setting • Riding Trails • Schooling Arenas • Equestrian clinics and shows, fox hunting venue, quail hunting field trials BARN: • 48 stalls plumbed for automatic waters • Indoor schooling riding arena • Bedroom Apartment • Offices • Lab • Foaling Center • Grooming Bays • Hay/ Feed storage room • Wash Bays • Skylights

Vivian Searcy Milton , Southern Country Realty

763.00 ACRES
9623 SQ FT

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