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
New Home in *Spotsylvania County* w/ Water Access - Public Side of Lake Anna

Orange, Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Fabulous New Home in *Spotsylvania County* w/ Water Access-Public Side of Lake Anna-Over 5 Private Acres! Single Level Living w/Over 1900 Fin.Sq Ft w/ Room to Grow in Huge W/O Basement. 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath-Offering Open Floor Plan w/ Plenty of Space to Entertain. Enjoy Quiet Evenings on Large Font Porch & Sundeck! Zoned Agricultural. Bring Your Horses! Quick Walk to Common Area. Dock Slip Conveys. Walking distance to the common area w/your own assigned Boat Slip. Common area also includes picnic/grilling area and launch. Have the best of owning horses, access to Lake Anna and living in a beautiful neighborhood. *Spotsylvania County Schools*

Lisa Fanucci-Dario , Coldwell Banker Elite

5.14 ACRES
1904 SQ FT
Twin Creeks Farm

Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia

Twin Creeks Farm is located just west of beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The stunning 2002 residence enjoys an elevated setting and a south western exposure to capture sunsets over the Blue Ridge Mountains. The property is mostly open and well fenced in separate paddocks with run ins in the front and a great wide pasture of close to 10 acres in the back. There are two charming two stall barns with tack and feed rooms and run in shelters in every field.

John Ince , Nest Realty

22.91 ACRES
3718 SQ FT
167 Acre Farm W/ Huge Barn, Indoor Riding Arena, Machine Shed, Run Ins, & 4 DURS

Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia

Awesome Opportunity To Own A Massive Turn Key Farm In A Great Clarke County Location! 167+ Acres With 4 D.U.R.'s (Build Up To Four Homes) A Huge Barn/Stable (Measures 48' x 96') W/ Electricity, 100'x260' Indoor Riding Arena W/ Electricity, 32' x 36' Metal Workshop, 32' x 96' Machine Shed, Several Fenced Fields (Wood, Wire & Centurion Fencing) & Paddocks, 3 Automatic Waterers, A Beautiful Spring Fed Pond, Mountain & Pastoral Vistas, Farm Well Already Installed W/ Hydrant & So Much More! Perfect For An Equestrian Or Agricultural Business... With This Special Property You Can Build The Home Of Your Dreams, Develop For A Profit Or Have Your Own Family Compound! Perfect For Hobby Farmers & Anyone Who Wants To Have A Boarding Or Breeding Facility, Teach Riding Lessons, Grow Crops, Live Off The Land, Etc....

Lisette Turner , Century 21 New Valley realty

167.00 ACRES
28400 SQ FT
Amazing 11+ Acre Turn Key Farm With Custom 4,500 Sq. Ft. Home!

Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia

An amazing 11+ acre farmette w/ everything you could want in a home, farm facility and more! This farm is turn key with two 48' x 24' barns w/ stalls, a machine shed, run in shed, a third barn w/ 3-4 stalls & run in area, trailer parking, board & wire fencing, auto waterers & hydrants in every field, electricity in every building, several flat fenced areas for riding & easy ride out! The 4,500 sq. ft. Cape Cod boasts elegance and openness, 4 large bedrooms all with private bathrooms, including a main level master suite w/ deluxe bath, jetted tub & separate shower, 20 ft. ceilings in the great room & sun room, formal entry w/ second level loft & overlook, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, fully finished lower level w/ in law suite, decks, patios & more! This will make a wonderful home for your family & your four legged friends! Close to the Shenandoah River, wineries, vineyards, breweries, shops, restaurants, historic sites & more! Offers an easy commute to Northern Virginia & an awesome Clarke County country location! You're going to love it!

Lisette Turner , Century 21 New Valley realty

11.00 ACRES
4500 SQ FT
BOARDING & BREEDING FACILITIES, 47AC, Home, 5 Barns, 14 Paddocks, Gorgeous Views

Buchanan, Botetourt County, Virginia

Amethyst Acres is a beautiful and very well-equipped equestrian estate on nearly 47 acres with commercial horse breeding/boarding facilities. It is very conveniently located in the Shenandoah Valley between Lexington in the North, and Roanoke in the south and very near the Blue Ridge, with fabulous mountain views, and also adjoining the James River. A public boat ramp facility is located very nearby. It is only about 30 minutes travel time to the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, 40 minutes to the Roanoke Regional Airport, and an hour to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The estate is nicely complemented by a charming and attractive 3BR/2BA ranch home of about 2,200 square feet, with an open and inviting floor plan, and well-sited on a knoll overlooking the entire property with nearby mountain vistas from the home-site. Enjoy both sunrise and sunset views from this property! The overall equestrian facilities include 5 barns, 34 stalls, and 14+ board and/or horsecote fenced paddocks. The 36ft. x 172ft. main barn has 12 stalls (2 16ft. x 12ft. foaling stalls and 10 12ft. x 12ft. boarding stalls) an office, laboratory, 2 breeding stocks, a phantom, wash stalls, tack room, half-bath, and storage rooms. Also, at one end of the main barn, there is a spacious and nicely appointed, 2BR/1BA, 1,296 square foot apartment—with kitchen, great room, 2 bedrooms and outdoor patio area. This provides for much flexibility to accommodate guests, conduct seminars, and/or to temporarily house employees or others if needed to be available for horse-care on an overnight basis. Moreover, the main barn interior area is comprised of a modular 4 ft. insulated panel system which provides for easy reconfiguration dependent upon one’s requirements, and has a zero fire rating. The main barn is also wired to accommodate standby generators if needed. Other horse facilities include a 60’x60′ 10 stall barn; a 48’x48′ hay barn w/ 8 stalls & 16′ plate line; a 48’x12′ 4 stall barn; a 24’x12′ 2 stall barn/isolation paddock; run in sheds and more. The horse facilities reflect quality construction and have been well-maintained. The 47 acres is currently in two tax parcels and there are two wells and two septic systems. Overall, this offering represents tremendous value, and an ideal opportunity to generate income from equine-related businesses. The owners may also be willing to discuss the separate sale of portions of their existing equine based businesses. In addition, there are several possible vineyard sites on the property at elevations of about 1,000 feet, gently sloped for good drainage, and with great southwestern exposures. Demand for quality wine grapes in Virginia has been growing dramatically over recent years, and that trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. It’s all here for the horse enthusiast to simply enjoy their passion in an ideal setting—or to take the entrepreneurial plunge and run their own boarding and/or breeding business. And, perhaps, expand into the small estate vineyard/winery business as well. Horses and wine pair very well! For more information and/or to arrange a showing please contact: Tyler Williams, REALTOR Email: ptylerwilliams@gmail.com Cell: 703-850-4914

P. Tyler Williams , Virginia Estates, Inc.

46.92 ACRES
3476 SQ FT
Turn key horse farm in the Keswick area.

Keswick, Albemarle County, Virginia

Wind your way up the private driveway to your two story contemporary home with large family room with soaring ceiling. The large kitchen with eat in area is perfect for creating those culinary delights. There is a first floor bedroom as well as a second floor master. The two car detached garage has plenty of storage space or you could finish it for more living space. The five stall barn is ready for you equine friends with, tack room, half bath, wash stall and plenty of room for your hay. There is also an over hang on the exterior to house your equipment or trailer. There is a dressage arena ready for you as well. Several board fenced paddocks complete this enchanting offering.

Gerri Russell , Roy Wheeler Realty Company

32.00 ACRES
2703 SQ FT
Sweetheart Farm

Louisa, Louisa County, Virginia

Charming 36 acre horse farm in the Green Springs area of Louisa County. The home place dates to 1890 but has been completely renovated and expanded for comfort. An older but very serviceable 10-stall center aisle barn with hayloft is ideal for your equine friends in addition to (2) run-in sheds. Board fenced pastures and (2) ponds complete the efficient operations. An excellent workshop and a garden shed support the workings of the farm and everything is in great condition.

Gerri Russell , Roy Wheeler Realty Company

36.49 ACRES
2256 SQ FT
Stately Virginia Home & Setting on 17 Acres w/ Pasture

Buchanan, Botetourt County, Virginia

Stately one-owner home in private, park-like setting, majestically set toward the back of 17+ acres, with brick front porch overlooking its rolling pastures (several acres fenced) and Blue Ridge Mtn views. Inside features laundry/mudroom between garage and kitchen, formal dining & living room, and a more casual family & Florida room/open space; Large back deck and level yard for enjoying games. Recreation and storage room below. Center Aisle Horse Barn w/ 4-6 stalls, wash & tack area, machine shed & run in area. Recent paint. Good general condition but Needs some TLC; seller motivated. 5.4 more adjoining acres available, see RVAR MLS 852435

Dayna Patrick , RE/MAX All Stars - Patrick Team Homes

17.22 ACRES
2650 SQ FT
Horse Farm on Nearly 12 Acres in Central Virginia

Scottsville, Fluvanna County, Virginia

Situated only minutes from Scottsville and 20 minutes to Wegmans. With a little polish this horse property will shine. The home features generous light-filled rooms and hardwood floors throughout, is freshly painted and has many recent updates. Enjoy the private setting as you wind your way up the drive. Your animals in their new accommodations.

Gerri Russell , Roy Wheeler Realty Company

11.78 ACRES
2704 SQ FT
Beautiful farmhouse at Smith Mountain Lake

Moneta, Franklin County, Virginia

**recently reduced.. Charming 1920's farmhouse on 8+ acres. Additional attached 5 acre lot/acreage available for purchase if desired. Backs up to waterfront community with waterfront lots available. Farmhouse has been recently updated, brand new kitchen, crown molding, new roof/gutters, back covered porches redone with salvage wood. Acreage is partially fenced, 2 separate pastures. There is tobacco barn for hay storage as well as a small 3 stall barn and another outbuilding/workshop. Striking sunsets. Tons of character and close to everything in a growing area. Gas station, restaurant and shopping are walkable, and other major shopping and restaurants are less than 10 minutes away. Only seconds away from gorgeous SML, 3 minutes from community beach/park. Roanoke is expanding quickly and is only 35 minutes away. Email me for more info and to set up showing.

Kristen Toth

8.25 ACRES
2950 SQ FT

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