Seniors Enjoy Time In Farmville


You may recall that the Vice-Presidential Debates took place in Farmville. Well, I looked up the community and discovered that there were just over 8,000 folks who call it home. Seniors can find Farmville in Prince Edward and Cumberland counties  where the Appomattox River traverses Farmville.

Senior hikers can hike the High Bridge Trail State Park, a more than 30-mile-long (48 km) multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, (site of one of the last battles of the American Civil War), which is more than 2,400 feet long and 160 feet above the Appomattox River.


Farmville (The Heart of Virginia) was formed in 1798 and incorporated in 1912 and today is the largest municipality between Richmond and Lynchburg. Hampden-Sydney College, a selective private four-year college, was founded in 1776 and Longwood University, chartered in 1839 as Farmville Female Seminary, was the first state teacher training college in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 Seniors Explore “Heart of Virginia”

The Heart of Virginia Festival on the first Saturday of May has grown every year since it was established in 1978.

debate-opt-v2The festival includes all the traditional fare and concludes with a fireworks show at the Farmville airport. Lots of fun times in Farmville, that’s for sure. “Heart of Virginia” refers to Farmville’s location in the central part of the state.

Facebook helps senior visitors find attractions and things to see and do in Farmville. Me, I’d have to search out The Fishin’ Pig Restaurant just to find out why it is called this name. I understand that Grady’s BBQ is well appreciated by the locals.


I like museums and would explore both the High Bridge Battlefield and Robert Russa Morton Museum, the national center for the study of civil rights in education. It was the site of the first non-violent student demonstration in 1951, leading to the famous Brown vs. Board of Education case.

 For Seniors Who Like Bird Dog Field Trials

Toss in the clubs and play a round or two at the The Manor Golf Club that features an 18 hole championship golf course. For senior dog lovers, the Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area is nationally known for hosting bird dog field trials on its 1,400 acres of diverse wildlife.


One of Virginia’s oldest and largest canoe and kayak specialty stores, Appomattox River Company, is located in Farmville. And then there is Amish Originals, where you can find fine handcrafted solid oak and cherry Amish furniture, and Mainly Clay, a gift and pottery shop.

Welcome to Farmville, senior oenophiles, and all their vineyards. Looks like there is something for everybody. Set your GPS for Farmville Prince Edward County and enjoy all the amenities this small community has to offer.  -jeb








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