Welcome to Prince Edward County, where the Civil War meets the Civil Rights Movement. We look forward to meeting you in our shops, on our streets, and especially in our Visitor Center located at 121 East Third Street, one block off Main Street, in downtown Farmville. Or email Magi Van Eps, Tourism and Visitor Center Coordinator. Our winter hours are in effect - until February 2015, the Visitor Center will be closed on Sundays. On Saturdays and Holidays, we are open to receive you from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Then, during regular business hours on Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The last 72 hours of the American Civil War were fought through Prince Edward County, starting in Sailor's Creek followed by two skirmishes at High Bridge. Then, chasing a munitions train and each other, both armies came through the Town of Farmville and over the border into Appomattox where General Robert E. Lee ultimately surrendered.
Over 85 years later, the Civil Rights Movement started in Prince Edward County, before Birmingham - before Selma, when a 16-year old African-American girl led a school strike against the County Board of Supervisors over the deplorable conditions under which she and her schoolmates were expected to learn. The lawsuit that ultimately resulted was named Davis v. Prince Edward and became part of the landmark Brown V Board of Supervisors leading to full integration for all students throughout the country. The Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® has many sites throughout the County detailing the struggles fought and won, for Civil Rights in Education.
To prepare for your visit, download the brochure "The Heart of Your Adventure" (10M) which can also be found in all 11 Virginia Is For Lovers Welcome Centers, and the other 68 Certified Visitor Centers. This brochure is placed is these locations at no charge due to the State Certification acquired by Prince Edward County for the Heartland Regional Visitor Center. We look forward to serving you! Stop by the Heartland Regional Visitor Center and Transportation Heritage Museum allowing our travel associates to help you find all the best places to stay, eat, and spend your time enjoying your visit here.
The partnership amongst the County of Prince Edward, the Town of Farmville, the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Farmville Downtown Partnership was developed to promote all there is to do and see in the Farmville and Prince Edward County region. By leveraging our marketing dollars, and working as a team, these entities have created The Heart of Your Adventure - a program to market the region as a Destination visitors can't afford to miss - especially as we move towards those last days of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. We hope your visit here will be fun, informative, and a place you will want to return to again and again. Let us be The Heart of YOUR Adventure!
There is much to do and see when you visit Prince Edward County; however, more is coming. The last days of the American Civil War came through here 149 years ago. As we prepare for those last historic commemorations, plan to be here to take part in history. Through our Civil War sites, like Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park, and the local Historical Society, we will be ready to meet the Civil War Traveller and his family! Additionally, High Bridge Trail State Park has taken its part as a major attraction for our area for bicyclists, walkers and runners as well as Civil War buffs seeking to see where the last skirmishes took place. The Outdoor Adventure Park is the largest zip line park in Virginia. Finally, our Farmville Downtown is one of the best small towns in America - but we might be a little biased!
We proudly represent ourselves well to all who come for the sights, for the shopping, for the life that is offered here in Prince Edward County.
As you continue to browse our website, please note for your convenience, that the following categories will also be found in the right hand column on every page in the Travel/Tourism section of the website.
Cultural Activities - Listed here are activities that reflect all that Prince Edward County has to offer visitors and residents alike.
Historic Sites - This page is a comprehensive view of all of the historic sites to be found throughout the county.
Leisure - Whether you prefer golfing or kayaking; birding or relaxing, this page will help visitors and residents alike discover all that's wonderful about Prince Edward County.
Parks - This page will direct visitors to a listing of all the Federal, State, and Local Parks throughout the county.
Lodging and Accommodation - Every Hotel/Motel and Bed & Breakfast that is to be found in the area is listed here, with links to where you can contact them directly to find a room for tonight or for your entire stay here.
Restaurants - Whatever your taste in food - Prince Edward County has the restaurant to feed your hunger. Click through here to find what suits you today.
Shopping - Whether you are shopping for furniture, antiques, accessories or even the best kayaks in the country, this page has what you are looking for!