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.
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 surrendered.
Over 85 years later, the Civil Rights Movement started in Prince Edward County, 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 tried 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 everywhere. 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 "Just A Drive Away" which, can also be found in all 11 Virginia Is For Lovers Welcome Centers, and the other 66 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.
Prince Edward County and the Town of Farmville created the Tourism Advisory Board which is working on projects to promote tourism concerning the upcoming Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War which will run from 2011 through 2015. A recently completed project, called the CW 150 Legacy Project, is a statewide event. Families and individuals who have unpublished documents, images, diaries and so on, from the time period of the American Civil War are encouraged to bring them to central locations throughout the state, where the Library of Virginia makes digital copies of these artifacts for researchers to use and for the public domain. Click here for more information on this and other scheduled events for the Sesquicentennial.
There is much to do and see when you visit Prince Edward County; however, more is coming. A major destination - High Bridge has been fully redecked and opened April 7, 2012 to take its part as a major attraction for our area. 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!