Amelia County is strategically located in the south central portion of Virginia. A traditionally agricultural community, Amelia County is 35 miles southwest of Richmond, the Capital of Virginia. Washington, D.C. is 144 miles north; and Raleigh, North Carolina, is 115 miles south.
County residents enjoy a diversity of cultural, historical, and recreational activities. Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park is located in the northwestern portion of the county. Sailor’s Creek was the site of the last major battle of the Civil War; fought April 6, 1865. In addition, Lee’s Retreat, a self-guided driving tour that follows the route Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia followed in the early days of April 1865, has several stops within the county.
With close proximity to Richmond, area residents can take advantage of the many museums, historical sites, cultural events, and sporting events that the Capital has to offer.
Outdoor recreational activities are abundant in Amelia County. The Amelia Wildlife Management (WMA) Area encompasses 2,217 acres, and is primarily upland habitat with approximately 175 acres of bottomland hardwoods and beaver swamps along the Appomattox River. Formerly farmland, much of the area remains open and is actively managed to enhance wildlife habitat. The major portion of the area, including a lake, is bounded on the north and east by the Appomattox River. There are three shooting ranges, including a rifle sighting-in range, a clay-bird shotgun range, and an elevated station for archery practice. The 100-acre Amelia Lake and the 4.5-acre Saunders Pond offer fishermen the opportunity to catch largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, and redear sunfish. A fishing pier and a boat ramp are also available. The WMA is frequently the site for outings by scouts, school groups, nature study classes, and families. These, as well as individual visitors, find Amelia an excellent place for wildlife viewing, nature photography and hiking.
Other recreational facilities in the county include five ball fields, three tennis courts, a 9-hole golf course, a swimming pool, and camping and picnic areas.
With its vast forest lands, Amelia County also offers superb hunting. Area residents utilize the hospital facilities in nearby Farmville and Richmond. CENTRA Southside Community Hospital in Farmville is 30 miles away. In Richmond CJW Medical Center and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center are within 35 miles of the county. Richmond also has the Medical College of Virginia. The county has two health clinics that provide general medical service including emergency care, minor surgery and pre-natal care.
The county operates a public library facility that houses 10,000 volumes. Retail and service outlets are scattered throughout the county. Numerous shopping malls and shopping centers are located in nearby Richmond, and are easily accessible from Amelia County.