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

Priced to Sell!! 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


Conveniently located 63.86 acre farm! Gorgeous Mountain Views!!!

Buchanan, Botetourt County, Virginia

Make this Botetourt County farm yours today! This property features a beautiful farmhouse with front and rear enclosed porches, 10 ft ceilings on the entry level, entry level master bedroom, first floor laundry, and 4 additional bedrooms on the upper level. HVAC has all been replaced in the last 7 years, and all plumbing and wiring was updated in 2003. This farm house sits on a gorgeous 63.86 acres that is mostly cleared, and fenced! The rolling hills are beautiful and talk about views! This land was previously used for cattle - the opportunities for this property are endless. The farm land and farmhouse can be purchased separately - MLS#860278 and MLS#860279. Listing courtesy of David Thompson with Keller Williams Realty Roanoke Licensed in the state of Virginia MLS link - https://www.flexmls.com/share/2ZRLl/25586LeeHighwayBuchananVA24066

Debra Giles , Keller Williams Realty Roanoke

63.86 ACRES
3470 SQ FT


Conveniently located 5.75 acre mini farm! Equipped with barn, pasture, and pond!

Catawba, Roanoke County, Virginia

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE! ADORABLE MINI FARM THAT'S AFFORDABLE AND CONVENIENT to Roanoke, Salem, & the NRV! This mini farm has 5.75 acres, a 48x38 barn, spring fed STOCKED pond, outbuildings, fruit trees, pasture area, and garden space. Kitchen has custom cabinets and granite counters. Great for outdoor entertaining - lots of deck and patio space! A must see! 14 miles to Christiansburg, 14.5 miles to Salem! House has been rewired and the exterior is James Hardie faber cement and brick! Listing courtesy of Joy Dupin with Keller Williams Realty Roanoke Licensed in the state of Virginia MLS link - https://www.flexmls.com/share/2ZRDP/8200BlacksburgRDCatawbaVA24070

Debra Giles , Keller Williams Realty Roanoke

5.75 ACRES
2382 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
Bucolic Estate with Luxurious Main Home, Guest House, 12 - Stall Barn, & Paddocks

Boones Mill, Roanoke County, Virginia

This beautiful estate offers 39ac +/-, main home, guest house, 12-stall barn w/ indoor ring and outdoor dressage arena, over 10ac of fenced paddocks (mostly new), in-ground pool and a picturesque pond. All under 20 minutes to downtown Roanoke or Carilion medical complex. Located at the very end of a state maintained road, this move-in ready equestrian property offers privacy with easy access to town. Great potential for a commercial equine business or personal estate!

David Hurt , Wainwright & Co.- REALTORS

39.23 ACRES
3600 SQ FT
Shenandoah Valley Farmette

Crimora, Augusta County, Virginia

BOUNTIFUL BELVIDERE, pasture your horse all winter long! Nestled in Shenandoah Valley tranquility & seclusion. Make everlasting memories fishing, boating, or cooling off on the hot summer days with South River frontage! Bring the farm animals, they will enjoy 3 fenced pastures, 7.34 acres,horse riding ring & a 3 stall barn & you'll have a separate building lot for more space! County living made easy in the 3 bedroom, 3 full bathroom home featuring an unforgettable steam shower, spacious master suite with a walk in closet & Jacuzzi tub. Open concept floor plan, large family room above the carport with a separate kitchenette. This charming must see move in ready home has everything you've been waiting for...Don't let this one get away!

KK Homes , Long & Foster Real Estate

7.00 ACRES
2750 SQ FT
Horse Ready Gentlemen's Farm

Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia

Location, Location, Location! 5 beautiful acres in the heart of Smithfield. Ranch style home w/large welcoming porches to watch the deer in the evening across the street in Windsor Castle Park. In the morning have your coffee on the back porch as you watch your horses frolicking in the side & back pastures.

Tracie Gaskins , Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

4.61 ACRES
3269 SQ FT
Luxury Home on 6 Acres

Marion, Smyth County, Virginia

Views, Privacy, Location ---Large luxury home (approx. 6,300 sq. ft.) on 6 acres with stunning mountain views. Located just minutes from I-81, Hungry Mother State Park, Back of the Dragon, Emory School of Health Sciences and Downtown Marion which offers an array of shopping, dining & entertainment. This architect designed custom home is located in a small stately neighborhood just off a private cul-de-sac and surrounded by manicured lawn, pasture, & garden areas. Well suited for a large growing family with plenty of space to entertain on main floor and a finished lower level media/rec. room with doors that open to a brick courtyard. Palladian windows and several French and sliding glass doors bathe the house in light to allow ample viewing of outdoor vistas. There is a built in 8 person hot tub in the spa room complete with wet bar & wine cooler. Lower level also includes entry foyer, in-law suite, pantry with freezer, & storage room. Fenced pasture with water, & electricity in barn.

Mountain Sky Properties , Mountain Sky Properties, Inc.

6.06 ACRES
6300 SQ FT

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