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Virginia's Heartland
Historic Attractions

In addition to the historic attractions in Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park, and Staunton River Bridge Battlefield Park, there are:

Lee’s Retreat
Lee’s Retreat runs through Virginia’s Heartland tracing the ending days of the Civil War as Lee retreated from Petersburg, Virginia to Appomattox, Virginia. The following stops are in Virginia’s Heartland: Amelia Courthouse, Namozine Church, Jetersville, Amelia Springs, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Park, Rice’s Depot, Farmville, Cumberland Church, High Bridge and Appomattox-Buckingham State Park. For more information visit the Civil War Trail website.

Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail
The Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail is a self-guided driving tour that runs through Virginia’s Heartland. The tour brings together forty-one historically significant sites, and tells the poignant and often explosive story of civil rights in education in our country. For more information visit the Virginia is for Lovers website.

Wilson-Kautz Raid Trail
The Wilson-Kautz Raid Trail comprises twenty-six stops on a self-guided driving tour. The tour brings to life the exploits of the Union Army’s attempts to destroy the South Side Railroad and the Richmond and Danville Railroad during the summer of 1864. For more information visit their website.

And a few more historic visitor spots:
Patrick Henry National Memorial – Red Hill, Charlotte County; Farmer’s Market, Farmville; Debtor’s Prison, Prince Edward County; the R.R. Moton Museum – a stop along the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail in Farmville; and, The Historic Village at Lee Wayside in Buckingham County.

Cultural Attractions

The presence of two four-year colleges – Longwood and Hampden-Sydney – generates an ongoing array of cultural opportunities in the area throughout the school year.

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville, is open year-round with changing exhibits and new programs and presentations.


Shopping? In Virginia’s Heartland? Yes! Bargain-conscious shoppers come from near and far to shop in a unique retail environment in downtown Farmville. It’s not your typical outlet mall. It’s largely a series of huge old warehouses that have been converted from wholesale to retail use. In terms of selection and pricing, it’s one of the best places in the United States to buy home furnishings.