Southern Virginia, Virginia’s Heartland, and Southern Rural Piedmont of Virginia are all accurate descriptions of where Lunenburg County is located on the map and in the heart. Founded as a county in 1746, Lunenburg is considered to be the “Mother of Counties” from which 10 other counties were formed; subsequently, the present day boundaries were assumed in 1777. Its central location in the state puts Lunenburg residents one hour from the major cities of Richmond, Virginia, and Raleigh, North Carolina; within two hours of the mountains or the beach; within one hour of recreational lakes and motorsports events; and, within one and a half hours of Richmond International Airport or Raleigh Durham International Airport.
Lunenburg County government consists of a Board of Supervisors and a County Administrator. Each town has a Town Council, a Mayor, and a Town Manager. Tax rates remain relatively low as compared to neighboring counties and more metropolitan areas nearby.
Southern Virginia, Virginia’s Heartland, and Southern Rural Piedmont of Virginia – read the descriptions again and find very inviting words that stir connotations of hospitality, a slower pace of life, and a sense of peacefulness and safety; all qualities of life in Lunenburg County. Home to only 13,150 residents, Lunenburg is comprised of two incorporated towns-Kenbridge and Victoria, with the balance of the 443 square miles being comprised of farmland, open land and pastures, and wooded acreage. Historically, a rural community based in agriculture and the railroad, Lunenburg is evolving into a balanced mix of agribusinesses, small industries, specialty manufacturing operations, distribution centers, specialty retail, and entrepreneurship and technology based opportunities.
Steeped in history, Lunenburg County offers opportunities to delve into many aspects of American heritage. Antebellum homes, Civil War sites, Civil Rights in Education sites, railroad history, century-old churches, and unique places reflecting times gone by are located throughout the county. The public libraries, Ripberger Library in Kenbridge and Victoria Public Library, offer a storehouse of information for genealogical searches. The Lunenburg County Courthouse, designed by Thomas Jefferson and currently being renovated, is the site of records dating back to the 1700’s.
Our central location puts our residents within a half-hour of education, medical, and shopping facilities in neighboring counties. Within an easy commute are three four year colleges and one community college with two campuses. All offer degree courses as well as other special interest classes. Three regional hospitals serve our area’s medical needs in addition to three local family physician offices within the county. Shopping at chain or box stores is available within a half hour or less drive to Farmville, South Hill, South Boston, or Blackstone. These areas also offer chain and specialty restaurants, movie theaters and state governmental services not located within the county.
Lunenburg, Southern Virginia, Virginia’s Heartland, Southern Rural Piedmont of Virginia- whether it is the name or the feeling that you remember us by, come to visit, come to play, come to work, and come to stay.