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
3 BR / 2.5 BA Home w / Riding Arena, Garage, 12 Stall Barn, 9 Fenced Paddocks

Louisa, Louisa County, Virginia

3 BR/2.5 BA Home w/Riding Arena, Garage/Workshop, 12 Stall Barn, 9 Fenced Paddocks & More on 25.5 +/- Acres in Louisa County, VA Move-in ready 3 BR/2.5 BA home (built in 2012) on 25.58 +/- acres Riding arena, garage/workshop w/automotive lift, large 12 stall barn w/12 interior stalls & 9 shed off stalls, 9 fenced paddocks, 3 run-in sheds, 5 automatic waterers & more!! VIEW ALL INFO AT: https://www.nichollsauction.com/auctions/detail/3-br-2.5-ba-home-w-2-riding-arenas-garage-workshop-12-stall-bw38118 An income producing mobile home conveys with the property. Only $250,000 Starting Bid!! Fri, May 31 @ 1:00PM EDT This lovely property presents an amazing opportunity for a home based business, animal enthusiast, animal breeder, animal training, boarding & more!! This is a rare find and a wonderful offering in Louisa County, VA. Make plans now to BID & BUY!! 3 BR/2.5 BA 1,898 +/- sf. home on 25.58 +/- acres Open floor plan including kitchen (all appliances convey), living room & dining room; stairs to an attic which could become a bonus room Bamboo hardwood flooring throughout and tile flooring in bathrooms Covered rear porch (approx. 12'x45'); covered small front porch Heated & cooled by heat pump; electric water heater Drilled well w/bored well for backup; conventional septic fields (individual septic fields for home, barn & mobile home) There is a mobile home that conveys with this property (4760 Yanceyville Rd.) and is on the same tax map number. The mobile home shares the same well as the main home, and has electric heat & window unit AC. Currently income producing at $650 per month!! Driveway is gravel & asphalt millings; fencing throughout the property (woven wire & high tensile) Other Features 120'x240' clear span building featuring a 108'x210' riding arena w/clay & sand footing, watering system in the ceiling, and Hi Bay lighting system (built in 2007-08) 36'x72' garage/workshop w/13'ceilings, automotive lift, partial concrete flooring, LED lighting, and a 10'x50' shed off the back 38'x100' barn w/14'x40' hay loft (500 bale storage), 12 interior stalls, 12'x20' shed off w/9 stalls, feed room, heated bathroom & lounge, tack room, wash stall, concrete center isle and LED lighting 9 fenced paddocks 3 run-in sheds (12'x16', two 12'x24') Automatic waterers (double sided); 9 frost free spigots 60' round pen w/stone dust base 53' tractor trailer body for storage Tax Map: 57-15; Deed Book: 1051-623; Zoning: A2; Yearly County real estate taxes: $4,216.32; Home was built in 2012 and is vinyl & faux stone exterior Only $250,000 Starting Bid!!

Tony Wilson

25.58 ACRES
1898 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 , Wiley Real Estate

22.91 ACRES
3718 SQ FT
Black Cat Cabin

Keswick, Albemarle County, Virginia

Exquisite Hunt Box in the middle of Keswick Hunt Country. This is your opportunity to own a part of the past. This property has been lovingly cared for and updated by the current owner.

Bunny French , Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates

4.18 ACRES
2176 SQ FT
Journey down a picturesque drive to your pastoral oasis.

Meadowview, Washington County, Virginia

Journey down a picturesque drive to your pastoral oasis. This one owner home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, with an all season sun room with views of the garden area to soak in the beauty of nature. Attached to the master bedroom is an area currently being used as an office. If you prefer an attached master bath, the plumbing is already in place and accessible underneath the floor. Main level of the home boasts 9 foot ceilings and pine hardwood flooring. Recent updates include; all new exterior doors and a new Geo thermal heating and cooling system for efficiency. This home also is wired for a generator if desired. The living room has a wood burning fireplace and pocket doors at all entrances to that room. This property has over 84 acres with the largest collection of Lilacs in the South. They came from all over the world. Enjoy the mountains, wildlife, pasture, and a year round creek along the front of the property. Other amenities to include a 36 X 48 detached metal building with unlimited potential. Water to the home is well water with a water softener system and ultraviolet system. County water is at the road.

Daniel Jackson , Century 21 Legacy

84.75 ACRES
2272 SQ FT
Stunning estate ~ luxurious builder's home, 14+ acres (bring the horses)

Forest, Bedford County, Virginia

Stunning estate ~ luxurious builder's home, 14+ acres (bring the horses), in-ground pool, pond, bold creek, 3-car attached garage, elevator to all 3 levels of the home, dual staircases, 12-seat home theater, detached garage for car enthusiasts, RV, boat, sports court. Relax on 2 screened porches, multiple covered porches and patios. This sprawling home boasts sophisticated elegance with formals, main level bedroom, cherry-paneled office, columns, extensive moldings, extravagant details appealing to the most discerning buyer. Fabulous kitchen with island, granite, stainless appliances, open to huge casual dining area and main level den with fireplace. Second level boasts impeccable master suite with fireplace, wet bar, sitting area, balcony to enjoy picturesque Blue Ridge Mountain views, sunsets. Pampering master bath, tile shower, whirlpool, his/hers closets. 3 other bedroom suites, walk-up attic. Terrace level boasts billiards room, theater, fitness center, access to pool. MUST SEE!

Nadine Blakely , Re/Max 1st Olympic

14.10 ACRES
7940 SQ FT
Beautiful 23 acre horse farm located in the Shenandoah Valley.

Fairfield, Rockbridge County, Virginia

Beautiful 23 acre horse farm located in the Shenandoah Valley 15 minutes from the Virginia Horse Center. The expansive 28 horse barn stall has a wash rack, tack room, feed room, and full bath. The other amenities include 2 sanded outdoor riding arenas, 190'x90' & 300'x120' and an indoor arena 60'x60'. The 3 bedroom 2 bath home overlooks the barns and 7 paddocks. Conveniently located between Staunton and Lexington with easy access to I81/64.

Hunter McClung , JF Brown Real Estate

23.00 ACRES
2520 SQ FT
Possible Equestrian Property - 97 Acres With Mountain and Pasture Views

White Post, Clarke County, Virginia

97 acres zoned AOC but many options for agricultural related uses such as: Farm Machinery Sales and Services; Wineries; Breweries; Distilleries; Farm Supply Sales; Farm Markets Only minutes from I-81 & I-66. Has 4 BR, brick cape cod plus 4 additional dwelling unit rights and barn/stable. Land is in land use. Any roll back taxes for changes in use will be responsibility of buyer.

Carl Hales , MarketPlace REALTY Licensed in VA

97.00 ACRES
2700 SQ FT
10 Acre Horse Farm With All The Bells and Whistles And Great Location

Spotsylvania Courthouse, Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Are you looking for a place to raise a family and animals? This beautiful 5,000+ sq. ft. home and 10-acre property are extremely well manicured and surrounded with white split rail vinyl fencing. This is the one you have been waiting for! As you drive up the paved driveway you will see your home with a wide wrap around porch and a fully equipped working stable/barn (36~x 48~), in addition to a (24~x 40~) 4-car garage /workshop/kennel with heat & AC. There is also a (36~x 24~) rear shed for storing tractor/s and farm equipment. There is a 20~ x 40~ in -ground vinyl-liner with an over sized concrete deck for your family and guests. The 3-car attached garage includes gas heat, 13~ ceiling, and an attic above the garage with plenty of storage space. The main entry foyer leads to a formal dining and living room, large enough to entertain plenty of friends and family, a country style kitchen that leads to a two-level wood deck and concrete patio equipped to accommodate a hot tub/spa. The family room includes a wood burning fireplace and an adjacent sun-room on the main level. There is a main level bedroom with access to a full bathroom can be closed off as an in-law suite area and a walk-in pantry. There are multiple skylights in the kitchen and the home is equipped with Anderson windows throughout. The 2nd floor hallway overlooks the living room with an open cathedral ceiling, a master suite with wood burning fireplace, a full master bathroom, three additional bedrooms and rear balcony off the master suite. You will enjoy the vast number of closets and storage space, plus the 2nd level laundry area. The fully finished basement includes a large recreational room with wet bar, a large craft room, a 5th bedroom (NTC), a full bathroom and tons of storage areas. The roof was replaced in November 2017, equipped with dual zone heat pumps, and two 50-gallon water heaters. Best of all, this unique property is perfectly situated for access to shopping and Lake Anna in 20-25 minutes.

Kathleen O'Blinsky , Long and Foster Real Estate

10.00 ACRES
5097 SQ FT
Gorgeous 11.5 Acre Equestrian Property - Great Falls, Virginia

Great Falls, Fairfax County, Virginia

Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty is delighted to offer, for the first time since its 1973 subdividing, lots 2 and 3 in Cornwell Farm, Great Falls, totaling 11.54 acres of land including a residence constructed in 1978. These lots are, arguably, two of the finest in this sought after community. Homes in Cornwell Farm range from quaint ramblers to some of the finest houses surrounding Washington D.C. Cornwell Farm has a storied history dating back centuries, to when the Great Falls area was, despite its close proximity to Washington D.C., utterly rural. The earliest chain of title refers to 399 acres being granted to Guy Broadwater by Lord Thomas Fairfax on July 16th, 1731 followed by its sale seven years later for the princely sum of one hundred English pounds to a Mr. Henry Watson. First evidence of the Cornwell name appears on February 4th, 1868, when Mine Ridge Farm, followed shortly thereafter by “200 and about 8 acres” were acquired by Benjamin and Phoebe Cornwell, for $1,600 and $900 respectively. Jumping ahead to a little over 100 years later, a group of concerned local citizens, in the early 1970’s, banded together to counter a push to develop, what was by now Cornwell Farm, into a clustered housing development. Ironically, with the support of the potential developer, who was won over by the passion and politeness of the group which had pleaded with him to allow them to purchase the property and subdivide it in to between five and six acre lots, with strict covenants and restrictions as to what could be built, the 200 acres was saved and survives to this day, and in perpetuity, as a unique horse centric enclave of properties with diverse architectural styles. Today, two of those original five plus acre lots are available to acquire as one transaction from their original owner. Lots 2 and 3 are, arguably, the finest two sites in Cornwell Farm, sitting on the corner of Ad Hoc Road (named after the Ad Hoc committee which we may thank for masterminding the conservation efforts which resulted in what we see today) and Cornwell Farm Drive. The residence, which was built in 1978, sits toward the rear of lot 2, to the west of what was an early connector between Cornwell Farm Drive and Georgetown Pike. It is a prefabricated Canadian Deck House, of semi-contemporary design, featuring large numbers of tall windows, four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Lot 2 also has a lovely 8-stall, center aisle barn with hay loft and wash stall, lovingly built by the owners around 1980 and a tennis court with a gazebo nearby. Lot 3 is all horse pasture, with black 3-board wood horse fencing and a run in shed. The covenants and restrictions allow for one residence per lot, which overrides the county’s zoning of one dwelling unit per two acres. The covenants include delightful bridle path easements which allow equestrians to reach Great Falls Park and beyond without the need of a horse box!

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

11.54 ACRES
3452 SQ FT

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