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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.

Purcellville, Loudoun County, Virginia

OPEN HOUSE! SUNDAY MARCH 8, 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Come check out this ideal horse property. Brand New Roof!! Lots of sunlight in this inspiring post and beam home with soaring ceilings, warm woods and a long list of trendy upgrades. Brand new gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances, trendy new master suite with dressing room with custom walnut closets and a spa-like bathroom with heated floor. Tobacco wood adds rustic appeal, which combines beautifully with the contemporary designer touches throughout. The horses will appreciate board fenced pasture, a riding arena and a well-appointed barn with loft, tack room, wash rack, run-in shed, storage shed and equipment shed. An ideal commuter location with access to Comcast internet in the heart of Virginia's horse country, tucked between the towns of Purcellville and Middleburg.

Robin Garbe , Long & Foster Realtors

10.02 ACRES
3414 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
The River Ranch Farm

Chesapeake, Chesapeake County, Virginia

Do you enjoy peace and quiet? 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! 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, and great location. Sign and buy today. Move in at closing. Price INCLUDES agent commission of 4%. 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


Horse Property for sale.
Virginia Equestrian Estate with River Frontage

Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia

Extensively renovated, rustic farmhouse situated on 174 acres offers an exclusively private setting, ready for new owners to realize the dream of rural living. Farm borders 3/8 mile of the Piney River, best known for trout fishing. Quaint, restored log cabin serves as a guest house or rental. Equine amenities include a 36’ x 48’ 3-stall horse barn, four paddocks, two run-in sheds, two riding rings, riding trails & post & plank fencing. Perfect setting for a cross country course and large, flat areas for additional riding arenas. Approximately 70 acres of fenced pasture with bold stream and hay fields. Beautiful views abound: mountain, pastoral, sunrise, sunset, wooded vistas & rocky outcrops. The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail runs along the river frontage & features a nearby covered bridge. Property has historical significance with Jefferson’s Trace on eastern boundary. Ideal for a private residence, retreat, B&B, vineyard/winery, boarding stable, event venue or VRBO/AirBnB. Adjacent 154 acre parcel available with add'l 7/8 mile of river frontage and stunning mountain views.

Heidi O'Connor , United Country Real Estate - Jeff Davis & Associates, LLC

174.00 ACRES
3781 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Streator Hill Farm with Indoor Arena

Madison, Madison County, Virginia

PRICE REDUCED! 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
Horse Property for sale.

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 , Fathom Realty

77.34 ACRES
7124 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Beautifully renovated home with charming guest cottage, 3 stall barn and pool

Toano, James City County, Virginia

Beautifully renovated split level home on 8 acres with a charming turn of the century guest cottage, 3 stall barn and in ground pool. An expansive deck and screened gazebo make this a natures lovers paradise! This home is located in upper James City County where a relaxed country atmosphere is just minutes from Williamsburg.

Steve Van Kirk , Howard Hanna

8.02 ACRES
3351 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Historic Property full of character!

Middletown, Frederick County, Virginia

The Swann-Shull House is an absolutely stunning estate home on 6 acres in a gorgeous location! This beautiful stone home has been restored with antique & reclaimed materials. Rich in history, this all-stone Mansion-Farmhouse was first constructed in the 1700s with a rear stone addition/apartment suite, completely private, added around 1840. Perfect for an Air B&B, event center, or Bed and Breakfast. This property will wow your guests and inspire fascinating conversations about its history. Wide plank VA heart pine floors, sunny conservatory/family room with stunning views, and large chef's kitchen with a live edge island top harvested from a 150 year old native tree from this property. The metal roof is only 11 years old and the barn is currently being renovated/restored, including new fencing. Gorgeous gardens on 6 acres w/a trout stream & stone design elements in & out.

Lori Bales , Greenfield & Behr Residential

6.00 ACRES
4500 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Willow Haven 82 acres

Ringgold, Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Fenced and cross-fenced farm (82.21 Ac.) w/cedar dutch barn w/4 stalls, tack room, washroom, and workshop. Geo-therm house 4 BR.,4 BA, dining room, great room, recreation room, In-Law Quarters and much more. Property has beautiful lake w/large dock & arch bridge, large stream & additional creek, beautiful hardwoods, very private and secluded but convenient to Danville, South Boston and Hyco Lake.

Jeffrey Davis , United Country Real Estate Jeff Davis & Associates LLC

82.00 ACRES
4000 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
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
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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