Prince Edward County, VA is the 58th largest county (353 square miles) in Virginia, and is made up of 5 localities, Farmville, Prospect, Rice, and shares Meherrin and Pamplin with other Counties. Prince Edward was formed in the Virginia Colony in 1754 from Amelia County, and named for Prince Edward, second son of Frederick, Prince of Wales. The original county seat housed the courthouse and was called Prince Edward Courthouse; it is now the village of Worsham. Prince Edward is full of history and adventure. It’s a stop of the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®, a stop on Lee’s Retreat, plus a College and a University. With so many options for outdoor activities, shopping and dining you are bound to find something about Prince Edward to love.
Prince Edward County is located in “the Heart of Virginia”, at the crossroads of US 460 and US 15, two of Virginia’s primary east-west and north-south transportation corridors, which provides direct access to four interstate highway systems: I-95, I-85, I-81 and I-64.
Prince Edward County serves as the commercial hub for the seven-county region in South Central Virginia and serves the market needs of over 176,000 people. Whether shopping or outdoor activities are the attraction, visitors and residents alike will find a wide variety of retail stores and privately-owned companies in the area. In addition, due to its central location, Prince Edward County is within a day’s drive of 76% of the nation’s population. This makes Prince Edward County a prime location to locate a business or industry.
Near the headwaters of the Appomattox River, the Town of Farmville was formed in 1798, and was incorporated in 1912. The county seat was moved from Worsham to Farmville in 1871.
If you’ve never been to Farmville, the name might give you the wrong idea. Think college town, furniture shopping, history and outdoor fun!
Farmville is home to both Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College. Charming Downtown Farmville, anchored by Green Front Furniture with its furniture-packed renovated tobacco warehouses, offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.
The area is also great for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts. High Bridge Trail State Park and Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park commemorate two of the final battles of the Civil War. The R.R. Moton Museum tells the story of a 1951 student strike that helped ignite the Civil Rights era. And the many nearby lakes, rivers, trails and state parks beckon lovers of outdoor fun and adventure.
And Farmville continues to make history. On October 4, all eyes were on Longwood University as it hosted the 2016 Vice Presidential Debate.
Farmville is centrally located in Virginia, just …
- 65 miles west of Richmond
- 48 miles east of Lynchburg
- 70 miles south of Charlottesville
- 150 miles from Washington, D.C. and Virginia Beach
For more information, visit the Town of Farmville website at Farmvilleva.com.
Homes for Sale in Prince Edward County
The Heart of Virginia Festival happens in Farmville the first weekend in May and has grown every year since it was established in 1978. “Heart of Virginia” refers to Farmville’s location in the central part of the state. The festival includes all the traditional fare and concludes with a fireworks show at the Farmville airport.
Live At Riverside Live At Riverside is a concert series held the first Friday of each month, May through October. Riverside Park in Farmville is the venue for this community gathering of good music, food and friends. Children’s activities are also available to entertain the little ones. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a relaxing evening.
This event brings classic movies to Farmville each summer at the Historic Crute Stage (corner of Fourth and Main Streets). One Friday evening each month, you can enjoy watching a movie under the stars. Bring your chair, blanket and your friends. Popcorn and other refreshments are available.
The Farmville Christmas Show The Christmas Show is a showcase of over 50 crafters and artisans from all over the region. It is a wonderful way to begin the holiday shopping season. The show is held in November each year.
The Christmas Parade is held on the first Sunday afternoon in December in downtown Farmville. Marching bands, floats, beauty queens, classic cars and Santa Claus all gather to parade down Main Street in honor of the holiday season. For more information or an entry registration form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.farmvillejaycees.com.
Five County Fair hosts the best of our area’s agriculture and entertainment in September of each year. Rides, games, animals, music and a demolition derby are just a few of the activities awaiting you. The event is held at the Five County Fairgrounds, just west of Farmville on Fairgrounds Road.
Virginia Children’s Book Festival will bring together prominent children’s authors and illustrators and the general public in an annual event designed to foster the enjoyment of children’s literature.
The Virginia Children’s Book Festival will be available to the public without an entrance fee. Children, parents, grandparents, book collectors, and interested members of the public are welcome to attend.
High Bridge Ultra 50K & 30K The High Bridge Trail is 31 miles long (5oK) and runs through the towns of Burkeville, Farmville, Pamplin City, Prospect, and Rice. It’s flat and fast – this former railroad bed is made for running! Along the way runners will pass through forests in full Fall Colors, over streams and creeks and across the famous High Bridge, for which the trail is named!
Farmville is a hot spot for the outdoor adventurer. Anything from hiking, fishing, hunting, zip lining, golfing, parks, playgrounds, and so much more.
Farmville has become a popular weekend getaway for out-of-towners. But our best-kept secret is fishing! Farmville’s tree-lined shores and tangled woods are home to some of the most beautiful lakes in Virginia. Our diverse array of fishing spots—from public lakes and reservoirs to state parks—teem with largemouth bass, brown and rainbow trout, crappie, catfish, sunfish, and bluegill. In fact, Farmville is home to two of Virginia’s top bass lakes, drawing anglers from states away.
Wilck’s Lake: Kid-Friendly Fishing
Heading out with the kids for a fishing lesson? Try kid-friendly Wilck’s Lake in downtown Farmville. Grab a spot on the bank or find a fishing bench. You just might reel in a largemouth bass. Bluegill, redear sunfish, and catfish are also popular catches here. If the kids get bored, there’s plenty to do. Take a walk on the two-mile interpretive nature trail for views of wildlife and secluded birding spots. Distract the little ones at the Lions Club playground or the older ones at the skatepark. Covered picnic tables are the perfect place to refuel with takeout from one of our downtown restaurants. Don’t forget to come back before sunset to try out some fly fishing. Brian likes to “throw little flies” at Wilck’s Lake on summer evenings. He says that, if you do it right, you’ll be reeling in sunfish and crappie ‘til the sun sets.
Twin Lakes State Park: Family Fishing Getaway
Don’t miss out on another great family-friendly fishing destination just a few minutes from Farmville. The “Twin Lakes,” 15-acre Goodwin Lake and 36-acre Prince Edward Lake, offer fun ways to introduce kids to fishing with a simple pole, bobber, and bait. Bass, bluegill, and crappie are the most common catches at Twin Lakes, but catfish are often caught in Goodwin Lake, and yellow perch can sometimes be found in Prince Edward. Both lakes offer public boat launches. No boat? During the spring and summer, you can rent canoes, kayaks, and rowboats by the hour or pick up some nightcrawlers and catfish bait. Take the kids out for a paddle and throw a line in. While you’re there, be sure to check out some of the hiking trails or take a dip at Goodwin Lake’s swimming area. Campsites and cabins are available to rent for those who might find they want to stay awhile. Events held all year round for kids and families.
Sandy River Reservoir: Kayak Fishing at its Best
One of the newest lakes in Virginia, Sandy River Reservoir opened for fishing in 1996 but has already jumped to the top of the Commonwealth’s most popular bass lakes. Sandy River offers some of the best sportfishing in the area, boasting a number of Virginia’s highest catch rates for largemouth bass as well as being home to crappie, sunfish, catfish, and chain pickerel. If kayak fishing is your thing, you’ll have 740 acres to explore—from the shallow flats to the wide-open water. Discover deer grazing on the shoreline, back areas studded with cypress trees, and shaded coves. Under some overhangs, you might come upon narrow inlets that lead to your own private fishing grounds. Don’t have a kayak? Sandy River Outdoor Adventures rents out canoes and kayaks (both singles and tandems) by the hour. If you’re committed and want to invest, YakAttack, located in Farmville, has become one of the leaders in kayak fishing gear and rigging. But kayak fishing is just one of many ways to enjoy Sandy River. You can also fish from the shoreline 24 hours a day, so why not try your luck? Find a spot next to some of the standing timber where the bass spawn, or come back after sunset. Night fishing just might yield a catfish or two under starry skies.
Briery Creek Lake: An Oasis for Expert Anglers
For more experienced freshwater anglers, Briery Creek Lake is Farmville’s hidden gem. In fact, Briery has become one of Virginia’s best largemouth bass fisheries according to the Department of Wildlife Resources, which noted that “24 of the 25 heaviest largemouth bass from public water bodies have come from Briery Creek Lake since 1993.” Briery’s unique flooded timber creates the perfect habitat for the Florida strain of largemouth bass that tends to grow especially large. At 845 acres, the lake has plenty of shoreline as well as a number of coves and deep water perfect for searching out the giants. While “fishing wood” can be a learning curve (kayaks and boats might find themselves hung up on submerged trees and stumps), with a little patience, you might just find Briery to be one of the most rewarding trips around. In addition to that trophy bass, Briery anglers can hook crappie, redear sunfish, and bluegill, and the wildlife surrounding the area is unmatched. In fact, when paddling close to the shoreline, you just might see a nesting osprey. Briery is Brian’s top pick for fishing in Farmville, and he projects that it will only get better in the coming year. He described how it feels to show up early in the morning when there’s still mist on the lake. In those magical moments, he said, you can’t help but think, “this could be the day you catch the giant.”
Parks and playgrounds The Town of Farmville has outstanding recreational opportunities available for use by all outdoor enthusiasts. Our trails, parks and recreational facilities are easily accessible and within walking distance of most Town neighborhoods. All Town of Farmville parks are open to the public. No reservations are required and there is no charge for use of the play area. Farmville Parks Map download
- Dr. Erica Geary Dog Park
- Grove Street Park
- Haynes Street Park
- Riverside Park
- Skate Park
- Wilck’s Lake State Park
High Bridge Trail State Park — 31 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding. Be sure to visit historic and majestic High Bridge that played a pivotal role in the final days of the Civil War. High Bridge Education Specialist Bob Flippen is available to share Farmville history; call (434) 315-0457.
Farmville Blueway Paddle Trail — adventure down the Appomattox River by canoe or kayak. The four-mile water trail starts at Wilck’s Lake boat ramp and continues down the Appomattox to a take-out at Riverside Park. Brochures are available at the Farmville Town Office or Farmville’s Regional Visitor Center.
Farmville Municipal Golf Course — say “fore” on well-conditioned greens that offer a challenge to golfers of all skill levels. The nine-hole course is a quick 10-minute drive north of town and adjacent to Farmville’s Regional Airport. Enjoy a swim in the junior Olympic-size pool from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For fees and information, call (434) 392-6656 or visit golffarmvilleva.com.
The Manor Resort Golf Club — an 18-hole PGA sanctioned course five miles south of Farmville in Prince Edward County; for tee times, call (434) 392-2244.
The 9-hole “Briery” course at the Briery Country Club facility in nearby Keysville features 2,940 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 34.7 and it has a slope rating of 119.
Wilck’s Lake Park — relax by the lake near the children’s play area, enjoy a picnic lunch, watch the action at the skateboard park, take a stroll on the Sarah Terry Trail or visit the Barbara Rose Johns Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library next door. A private island is available for parties, weddings and other social events.
Dogwood Trail — take a short but scenic walk through a beautiful wooded area located off High Street. The paved half-mile walking trail ends at the parking area behind Centra Southside Community Hospital.
Sandy River Outdoor Adventures — glide through the treetops in this first-of-its-kind park in the state of Virginia on four courses from 12 to 36 feet off the ground. Located at 147 Monroe Church Road, Rice, it’s a great outdoor activity with physical and mental challenges to “learn through play.”
- Pickleball: Come join in Pickleball on Monday and Wednesday Nights. Equipment is provided and no experience is necessary!
- Fitness Movement: Get fit Farmville with our group fitness & movement classes. Classes are on the 2nd floor at the South Street Conference Center, Monday-Thursday and are taught by certified STRONG by Zumba, PiYo Live and Hatha Yoga instructors. Class cost is $30.00 a month or $4.00 per class. For more information contact the Recreation Department at 434-392-3737.
- Martial Arts: Local classes are offered for both adults and youth. Besides providing great exercise, martial arts classes teach discipline, respect, and build confidence. They are held at the South Street Conference Center. If you would like more information, please contact the Recreation Department at 434-392-3737.
Arts and Culture
Do you love art? Take a walk down Farmville’s Main Street and you’ll find it. Stroll by Longwood’s Center for the Visual Arts and enjoy the display windows, or take in an exhibit and or sign up for a workshop. On either side of LCVA there’s Red Door 104 offering paint parties and art classes and Mainly Clay with pottery classes and pottery items for sale.
The Barbara Rose Johns Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library is the local branch and headquarters of Central Virginia Regional Library. They provide books, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, large print books, videos, public computers, free wi-fi, as well as e-books and digital audiobooks. They also have free computer classes and children’s programming, including story time, reading incentive programs and movies. Central Virginia Regional Library (cvrl.net)
Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) was established in 1978 by the Longwood Board of Visitors because of their understanding of the relationship of the arts to a balanced education. The LCVA offers a wide variety of educational programs for all ages and showcases various exhibitions throughout the year. It is a collaborative forum for students and faculty of Longwood University and the people of South Central Virginia to explore visual art and its relevance to everyday life. Besides the galleries, the Center offers workshops, children’s programs and special events throughout the year. The Center is distinguished as the only collecting institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia with work by Virginia artists and artisans as its primary focus.
The Waterworks Players have brought the magic of live theater to area audiences for over 25 years. The theater has offered an artistic outlet for local actors, singers, designers and technicians. The Players put on four to five shows per year at their theater located on Industrial Park Road in Farmville. For show times and ticket information, call (434) 392-3452 or visit waterworksplayers.org.
The Commonwealth Chorale is a group of singers drawing from fourteen counties in Southside Virginia. The present group of over 130 members perform two major annual productions, which includes classical choral music from Bach to modern compositions.
Longwood University’s Department of Music presents a variety of musical groups, including the Camerata Singers, Wind Symphony, University Men’s Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and the University Women’s Choir. Performances are scheduled throughout the year.
Farmville Community Arts Center – Bringing the Arts to Everyone The Farmville Community Arts Council is your local home for drama, art, and everything in between! Our mailing address is PO Box 305 Farmville NC 27828
Downtown Murals — take in the Warehouse Triptych Mural by Longwood graduate Monty Montgomery next to the Farmer’s Market on North Street; the Third and Main streets mural celebrates Farmville as the first two-college town.
Art at the Riverside Café — enjoy local art with breakfast or lunch as you peruse the rotating exhibits by members of Central Virginia Arts; Series located at 522 N. Main Street, hours are 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Stars under the Stars Outdoor Film Series — take in a free outdoor movie on the Crute State second Fridays in June, July and August; bring a blanket or lawn chair; popcorn, candy and drinks are for sale.
Players on the Plaza Concert Series — sing while you shop on Main Street and take in some live music the first Saturday of the month, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the High Bridge Trail Plaza; for more information go to farmvilledowntown.com.
Red Door 104 The Gallery at Red Door 104, featuring art from over 25 local artists. It’s all fine, fun, & functional!
Mainly Clay We have everything you need for all your pottery ventures along with an array of beautiful gifts—pottery, jewelry, and other unique handcrafted items.
Our area, known as Virginia’s Heartland, is rich in history that tells a story of courage and perseverance. Located in the Heart of Virginia, the Farmville Area includes the Town of Farmville, the County of Cumberland, and the County of Prince Edward.
Prince Edward County dates to 1754, Cumberland County to 1749, and the Town of Farmville to 1798.
Farmville soon became the center of trade, education, law, and finance for the surrounding seven counties, a position it maintains today, as the largest municipality between Richmond and Lynchburg. It is home to many successful businesses, industries, and cultural and educational organizations. Hampden-Sydney College, a selective private four-year college, was founded in 1776; Longwood University, chartered in 1839 as Farmville Female Seminary, was the first state teacher training college in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Patrick Henry, five-time Governor of Virginia, served as Prince Edward’s representative in the Virginia General Assembly. As the county’s representative, he participated with John Randolph in debates over the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
The first call for independence came from Cumberland County – when the certainty of the approaching conflict came, Cumberland led the Colonies in calling for a completely independent American nation. On April 22, 1776, from the balcony of Effingham Tavern, Carter H. Harrison read the Committee’s instructions to the county delegates to the State convention: “We therefore, your constituents, instruct you positively to declare for an Independency, that you solemnly abjure any allegiance to His Britannic Majesty and bid him a good night forever…” The Virginia Convention decided to follow Cumberland’s lead, and this resulted in the Virginian Resolutions, which were presented to the Continental Congress and embodied in the Declaration of Independence.
The Civil War left its mark on Farmville, with its last major battle at nearby Sayler’s Creek. Lee retreated directly through the town, and the Confederates crossed and then attempted to burn the railroad’s impressive High Bridge, a 120-foot-high, nearly half-mile-long span across the Appomattox River. Sailor’s Creek Battlefield and other sites along Lee’s Retreat are part of the state’s Civil War Trails. To make arrangements for group tours of Sailor’s Creek, please contact Twin Lakes State Park at (434) 392-3435.
Farmville is also home to some key players in the early fight for civil rights; its citizens’ crusade for equal rights in education drew Martin Luther King, Jr. and other national leaders to visit our area. The Robert Russa Moton High School, site of the 1951 student strike, is a National Historic Landmark, a civil rights museum, and the centerpiece of Virginia’s Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail, honoring the efforts of local students and citizens who paved the way for integrated public education nationwide. Find out more about the museum by calling (434) 315-8775 or by visiting their website at www.motonmuseum.org.
After 250 years, our area continues to exemplify all that is best about the American way of life.
Seven historic buildings and two historic districts in the County of Prince Edward are listed on the Virginia Register of Historic Places:
- Briery Church was constructed in 1760 and was the first structure in Prince Edward to be listed on the Virginia Historic Register. (Rt. 747 – Briery Church Road)
- Debtor’s Prison, a small, solid log jail for debtors was built in 1787. (Rt. 15 – Farmville Road)
- Old Prince Edward County Clerk’s Office, now known as Worsham Clerk’s Office, served as the first clerk’s office at Prince Edward Courthouse. (Rt. 15 – Farmville Road)
- Falkland, a large, framed plantation house was built in 1815 by the Watkins family, important figures in the early history of Prince Edward County and Hampden-Sydney College. (Rt. 632 – Falkland Road)
The R. R. Moton Museum is a center for the study of civil rights in education. The museum honors the efforts of local students and citizens who paved the way for integrated public education. It was the site of the 1951 student walk-out to protest the separate but unequal conditions of the public schools, and is the centerpiece of Virginia’s Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. The museum is located at the intersection of Griffin Boulevard and South Main Street in Farmville.
Historic Downtown Farmville Walking Tour is a self-guided walking tour of the Farmville Historic District. Spend a leisurely afternoon experiencing Farmville’s history and unique architecture. Click here to download a copy of the map and narrative for the Farmville Historic Walking Tour, including the Jackson House where General Robert E. Lee came on the morning of April 7, for a meeting with the Confederate Secretary of War John Cabell Breckinridge, Quartermaster General A. R. Lawson, and Commissary General I. M. St. John.
Lee’s Retreat is a self-guided driving tour that follows the historic 100 mile trek General Robert E. Lee and his army took while being pursued by Union forces. The tour begins in Petersburg and ends in Appomattox, where the final surrender was signed. Historic markers, maps and interpretive radio broadcasts convey details of events leading to the surrender at Appomattox. Enjoy all of the tour or select certain sites of interest.
Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park is the site of the last major engagement of the Civil War. On April 6, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia lost 7,700 men, including eight generals, in the Battle of Sailor’s Creek. This defeat was key to Lee’s decision to surrender at Appomattox Court House 72 hours later, thus ending the war in Virginia. The Overton-Hillsman House, used as a field hospital during the battle, is open to visitors June through August and by request at other times. Contact the park at (434) 315-0349 or email email@example.com to arrange a special tour.
High Bridge Trail State Park — on the National Register of Historic Places and a Virginia Historic Landmark as the location of two Civil War Battles during Lee’s Retreat just days before his surrender at Appomattox. You don’t want to miss the crown of the 31 mile trail, the majestic High Bridge itself, 2422 feet long and rising 125 feet above the Appomattox River. It is the longest pedestrian bridge in Virginia and offers a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. The High Bridge Trail was also designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2013 and an excellent place to hike, bike or ride a horse as you follow a portion of the rail line that connected Petersburg to Appomattox during the Civil War. The trail is accessible from downtown Farmville or the River Road parking area. For more information call (434) 315-0457.
Hampden-Sydney College Atkinson Museum — take a revolutionary stroll on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College founded in 1775. Visit the Atkinson Museum’s permanent exhibit to learn about H-SC’s noted trustee, Patrick Henry, and its rich history from the birth of our nation to the present. Located 16 minutes from Farmville off US 15 South, museum hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
Where to stay
Hotel Weyanoke Located in the heart of Downtown Farmville, adjacent to the Longwood University campus, the chic new Hotel Weyanoke is a newly renovated historic building complemented with mid-century modern, residential-style furnishings. The hotel also features four dining venues, including a coffee bar, kitchen and wine bar, pizzeria and fabulous rooftop bar! For more information, call (434) 658-7500 or visit their website.
Holiday Inn Express Just one mile from Downtown Farmville and Longwood University, the brand-new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Farmville is the perfect place to stay during your Farmville visit. For more information, call 1-855-516-1090 or 1-434-392-4040 or visit their website.
Hilton Tru Say hello to a brand-new hotel experience from Hilton that’s vibrant, affordable and young-at-heart. It’s energetic, yet relaxing and comfortable. It’s familiar, and it’s also unexpected. It’s completely unprecedented, it’s uniquely Tru. For more information call (434) 414-1500 or visit their website.
Hampton Inn Located next to the Sunchase apartment complex, offering affordable accommodations approximately 1 mile from Downtown Farmville. For more information call (434) 392-8826 or visit their website.
Days Inn Located on South Main Street, Approximately 2 miles from Downtown Farmville, the Days Inn offers comfortable and affordable accommodations. For more information, call (434) 392-6611 or visit their website.
Quality Inn Located on South Main Street, approximately 2 miles from Downtown Farmville, the Quality Inn offers comfortable and affordable accommodations. For more information, call (434) 392-8163 or visit their website.
Super 8 located on South Main Street, approximately 2 miles from Downtown Farmville, and offers comfortable and affordable accommodations. For more information, call (434) 392-8196 or visit their website.
The Manor Cottages Approximately 3 miles from Downtown Farmville, The five Manor Cottages on The Manor Golf Course are owned and operated by Hampden-Sydney College. Each cottage is made up of two suites with their own entrances and can be reserved as a whole cottage or by suite. For more information, call (434) 223-6669 or visit their website.
Bed & Breakfasts / Vacation Homes / Cabins
Sandy River Outdoor Adventures A unique family-owned and operated adventure resort offering luxury stays in glamping tipis, fully furnished log cabins as well as a heated pool, farm stays with an onsite zip line adventure park, boat rentals and bike rentals. Overnight guests receive discounts on all activities. The journey is the destination. For more information call (434) 392-7275 or visit their website.
BrightEyes Alpaca Retreat In addition to the alpaca farm, BrightEyes offers lodging as an Airbnb residence with a separate apartment above a detached garage for rent. The apartment includes a fully equipped kitchenette, a dining area, sitting area, and bedroom with a queen bed. For more information, call (484) 557-9089 or visit their website.
The Inn on the Avenues This bed & breakfast is a traditional 1910 historic home that offers three guest rooms and includes gourmet breakfast. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, complimentary beverages and more. For more information, please call (434) 315-0452 or visit their website.
High Bridge Lodge and Cabins High Bridge Lodge and Cabins offers 2 cabins: Cedar Ridge Lodge and The Weekend Getaway. Both cabins feature fully stocked kitchens, wood burning fireplaces and WiFi. The property also has a private entrance onto High Bridge Trail State Park and a serene, wooded setting. For more information please call (804) 338-8211 or visit their website.
If you’re interested in visiting Farmville but don’t care for hotels or bed & breakfasts, you can pitch a tent or rent a cozy cabin at the State Park.
Provides a variety of lakefront activities in a secluded setting, including hiking, swimming, camping, fishing, biking and canoeing. There are two cabin areas, Twin Lake’s Cabins and Cedar Crest Cabins, each with two bedrooms. In addition there are 34 campsites available. Reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK.
Where to eat
Dine out in Farmville and enjoy genuine down-home flavors and ambiance. Choose from BBQ to classic diners, Mexican cuisine to laid-back coffee shops … even familiar franchises. One thing they all have in common is small town warmth and character.
Fishin’ Pig: A Southern fusion-style restaurant combining great BBQ, seafood and chicken, The Fishin’ Pig is a Farmville original. Owner Shorty Osborn’s specialty is known as Shorty’s Famous seafood and chicken breading, while his partner Matt Hurley is a renowned BBQ connoisseur.
Charley’s Waterfront Café: Offering views of the Appomattox River, delicious cuisine, an expansive wine list and an enchanting ambiance, Charley’s is a must-visit when in Farmville – perfect for families, friends or a romantic date.
The Virginia Tasting Cellar at Charley’s offers a multi-winery tasting room overlooking the Appomattox River in Downtown Farmville. Featuring 8-12 wineries or cideries from all over the state, it’s a truly unique tasting experience!
Three Roads Brewing Company: Grab a pint at Prince Edward County’s premier craft brewery. There’s indoor seating and a beer garden, yard games and board games. While Three Roads Brewing Company doesn’t offer food, there are often food trucks available. You can also order in or even bring your own food.
La Parota: Family-owned and -operated since 2000, La Parota offers authentic Mexican cuisine. Classic dishes include grilled fajitas, burritos and wonderful dinner specials that can’t be beat. Spice up your Farmville visit with a delicious meal at La Parota.
North Street Press Club: North Street Press Club serves up a fun, relaxing environment in the heart of downtown Farmville, where live entertainment and friendly faces combine to create a fresh and energetic atmosphere in a space unlike anywhere else in town.
Uptown Coffee Café: A gathering place for locals and travellers alike. Enjoy coffee, tea, soups, salads, sandwiches – even live music – along with the great company. Check out their Facebook page for updates on live performances and weekly specials.
Mill Street Sweets: Got a sweet tooth? Stop by this delightful bakery on Downtown Farmville’s N. Main Street for everything from doughnuts and coffee to cakes, pies, tarts and so much more.
Walker’s Diner: An authentic diner in the heart of Farmville serving up the classics. Located across from Green Front Furniture, Walker’s is known for its fresh, juicy, ground beef burgers and other specials. No Farmville visit is complete without a quick bite, milkshake or homemade dessert at Walker’s Diner.
Mama Brown’s: Mama Brown’s specializes in southern style cooking. Their motto is “Home cooking just like your Mama’s.” With breakfast platters as well as lunch and dinner specials like catfish, pork chops, chicken and more, Mama Brown’s has something for everyone.
Merk’s Place: This family-style restaurant has something for everyone, including mouthwatering specials. Signature crinkle cut fries and home baked desserts ranging from creamy Napoleons to fresh strawberry shortcake.
Effingham’s: Nosh on artisan grilled pizzas made in a coal-fired oven. Also enjoy hearty sandwiches, fresh salads and delicious desserts made in the casual vibe of our modern pizzeria and market. Located one block off of Main Street in the Hotel Weyanoke.
Catbird Rooftop Terrace: Farmville’s trendiest nightspot – and best view of Downtown – is the new Catbird Rooftop Terrace, located one block off of Main Street in the Hotel Weyanoke.
Perini’s Pizza: Owned by Farmville local Tony Perini, this pizza place is located in the old Poplar Hall Antiques Building at 308 North Main Street. In addition to pizza, standard Italian dishes and subs/sandwiches are also available.
Pino’s Italian Restaurant: Serving up fresh pizza & hot Italian sandwiches, Pino’s is a great option for a friends outing or dinner on the town with family. The homey and comfortable setting will make you feel at ease any day of the week.
One19: Enjoy fresh Tex-Mex cuisine in a setting that’s as tasteful and welcoming as the food and margaritas are delicious – in the heart of Downtown Farmville on at 119 N. Main Street.
Miller’s Country Store: Stop by and enjoy some delicious food and hospitality from a Farmville original, including fresh sandwiches, homemade donuts and pies, and much more.
Riverside Café: Enjoy homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes, pancakes, veggies cooked with seasoning. All desserts made from scratch! Located at 522 N Main St in Farmville.
The Brew House: This spinoff location of the Blackstone based grub hub, is the place to get a hearty burger with an ice-cold craft beer. Weekly social events including karaoke, trivia night, and live music abound.
Moe’s Southwest Grill: Honestly good food that’s fresh, flavorful and handcrafted for you.
Buffalo Wild Wings: A casual dining restaurant and sports bar specializing in chicken wings and their variety of sauces, “B-Dubs” is a great place to watch the game and chow down on wings and sip on a cold beer.
Applebee’s: A full-service bar and grill providing hearty American dishes in a casual setting. A great place for friends and family with something for everyone.
Macados: The place to go for a mile-high sandwich, Macados serves stacked sandwiches and other delicious dishes. A great place for friends and families to hang out and chow down.
Shogun Hibachi & Sushi Steakhouse: A Farmville favorite, the Shogun Steakhouse has moved to 707 N. Main Street – less than a mile north of Downtown Farmville. Now it’s bigger and better than ever, with a sushi bar and drink bar added.
Farmville Bojangles: Enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Bone-In Chicken every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and other specials. Stop in for delicious biscuits, sandwiches, salads, boxes of chicken, dinner meals, family meals, sides … It’s Bo-Time®.
Bandidos Tacos and Cantina: Farmville’s newest Mexican restaurant, located where El Patron was previously.
Flavors of India: A huge hit with the community after opening in November, Flavors of India brings authentic Indian cuisine to Southside Virginia. Offering dine-in and take-out.
Taproot Tavern: Located in the basement of The Weyanoke Hotel, Taproot Tavern offers a polished aesthetic and cozy atmosphere. It’s a great place to impress a date or host your quarterly business dinner.
Starbucks: The famous chain now has a standalone location with a drive-thru window on South Main Street near the Wal-Mart Supercenter.
Pineview Bulk Foods and Deli: Specialty grocery store and deli operated by our local Amish population.
Pizza World: New chain pizza restaurant offering an all-you-can-eat buffet and take-out.
Musashi Asian Cuisine: Another of Farmville’s restaurants offering Japanese cuisine. Located next to Sunchase Cinema 8 on East Third Street.
The Babcock House: This historic inn in Appomattox offers elevated southern fare for lunch and supper with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Waldy’s Ice Cream: Spreading the joy of ice cream, while raising awareness for Down Syndrome & Autism for Landon (aka Waldy).
Farmville is a very pet friendly county. With miles of walking trails, and Dr. Erica Geary Dog Park which is located at 405 N. Virginia Street. Dogs are required to be confined to their properties year round.
Dog Licenses are due January 31st of each year. Lifetime Dog License: $10.00
Chris Riviere Chief Animal Control Officer
225 County Shop Road
Farmville, VA 23901
Education is of paramount importance in Prince Edward County. We pride ourselves in being the home of excellent institutions of higher learning as well as spectacular public and private school programs.
Prince Edward County Public Schools have a student population of 2,079 in grades pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade. The public schools are located just south of Farmville off Rt. 15 South on Zion Hill Road. For more information, please visit www.pecps.k12.va.us.
Fuqua School is a private, pre-kindergarten – 12th grade, college preparatory school. The school has a student population of more than 500 students from 13 counties. For more information, please visit www.fuquaschool.com.
Hampden-Sydney College is a private, selective liberal arts college for men. Founded in 1775, the college offers 26 majors and several special programs designed to get you started on your way to becoming a lawyer, doctor, or engineer. Hampden-Sydney is located within a small community and has just over 1,000 students. To learn more about all the degree programs that the college has to offer, please visit their website at www.hsc.edu.
Longwood University is a division one, state university. They offer 100 majors, minors, and concentrations to over 4,500 students. Longwood has been recognized as a top-ten public university in the South in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings and recognized as one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast in the 2016 Princeton Review rankings. It was ranked among the top regional public schools in the South in the 2005 U. S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” Guide for seven years in a row. To learn about all the degree programs that the university has to offer, please visit www.longwood.edu.
Southside Virginia Community College has been offering the residents of Southside Virginia quality, post-secondary educational opportunities for almost 35 years. SVCC offers a wide range of technical, vocational, and community service programs. SVCC has also partnered with Old Dominion University as a distance learning site, bringing many more opportunities for continuing education to the residents of Southside Virginia. For more information on the programs and training Southside Virginia Community College has to offer, please visit their website at www.southside.edu.
Sunrise Learning Center offers early childhood education with full and half day programs for young children 3 through 6 years of age, including mixed age PreK (3-4.5 year old) and mixed age K-1 (4.5-6 year olds). www.sunriselearninc.com
Prince Edward County Health Department is one of seven county health departments that make up the Piedmont Health District. For more information on the Health Department, please contact us or visit our website.
Centra Southside Medical Center opened for patient care on Monday, August 31, 2015. The CSMC is home to multiple general practice physicians and specialists. The Centra Southside Medical Center offers a full range of health care services including primary care, orthopedics, nephrology, psychiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory, speech therapy, and digital x-ray.
CSMC office hours are Monday – Friday, opening from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday hours are from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. If the need increases, Sunday hours may be added later. Appointments, new patients, and walk-ins are welcome and no one will be denied care regardless of their ability to pay
A state-of-the-art medical facility that has been the healthcare center of Southside Virginia since 1927. With over 450 experienced, highly trained employees, Centra Southside Community Hospital is committed to meeting the needs of the community through quality, cost-effective healthcare, delivered by a professional medical staff in an efficient and friendly workforce.
Centra Southside Community Hospital is located at 800 Oak St., Farmville, VA. Phone: 434-392-8811
A program of all-inclusive care for the elderly. PACE is a comprehensive program for adults 55 years of age and older who meet the criteria for nursing facility placement, prefer to stay at home and have an assessment indicating that living at home with the support of the PACE program is a safe alternative.
PACE is located at 1506 South Main Street, Farmville, VA. Phone: 434-315-2890
Commissioner of Revenue
124 N. Main Street, 2nd Floor
Farmville, VA 23901
111 South Street, Third Floor
Farmville, Virginia 23901
While the day-to-day activities of fire and rescue are handled by the volunteer departments, the County does maintain an emergency management structure in the event of a major emergency, whether natural or man-made.
The Emergency Management Coordinator’s main duty is to access the necessary state resources that might be required in a major emergency. The Coordinator, in conjunction with the Department of Social Services and the County School System, also opens a shelter when residents are forced from their homes. The County’s emergency shelter is located at the Prince Edward County Middle School, 1603 Zion Hill Road.
The County encourages all residents to prepare for emergencies by developing a plan for their own household. Excellent tips can be obtained by accessing Ready Virginia on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website.
111 South Street, 3rd Floor
Farmville, VA 23901
Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue Departments
PO Box 368
Farmville, VA 23901
Business Phone: 434-392-6543
L.W. Gilliam, Chief
HSC Box 328
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
Business Phone: 434-223-2392
Shane Richardson, Chief
PO Box 1099
Pamplin, VA 23958
Al Mason, Chief
PO Box 145
Prospect, VA 23960
Business Phone: 434-574-9911
Trey Pyle, Chief
Sally Pyle, EMS Captain
PO Box 94
Meherrin, VA 23954
Business Phone: 434-736-0633
Darlington Heights Volunteer Fire Department – Company 6
Dallas Tinsley, Chief
2673 Darlington Heights Road
Cullen, VA 23934
Business Phone: 434-248-6805
Rice Volunteer Fire Department – Company 7
Wes Reams, Chief
PO Box 67
Rice, VA 23966
Business Phone: 434-392-8737
Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad
Isaac Broadwater, Volunteer Chief
Deanna Jones, Executive Director
PO Box 87
500 Doswell Street
Farmville, VA 23901
Business Phone: 434-392-6973
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27 Aspen Hill Road
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248 W. Stokes Road
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140 County Shop Road
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78 Trashmore Road
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2141 Hidden Lake Road
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2872 Buffalo Church Road
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160 Virso Road
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Dominion Virginia Power
Water and sewer is provided through the Town of Farmville. To set up new service or to change the name on an existing bill, call the Treasurer’s Office at 434-392-3333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the town’s utility service, including how to sign up for auto pay and paying online, visit the Utilities page.