Area Attractions

Area Attractions

 

Burkeville, Crews, Blackstone and Nottoway County

Nottoway County is less populated and more rural than most counties in Virginia. Its 314 square miles is home to only 15,773 people, making it a fine place to farm affordable land and preserve natural resources.

Burkeville and its surrounding area was directly involved in the final days of the Civil War conflict.  The Union Army coordinated troop movements from there in April, 1865, culminating in the bloody and dramatic Battle of Sailor’ Creek in nearby Prince Edward County on April 6, 1865.  This battle proved to be the final death throe of General Lee’s Confederate Army, which surrendered at Appomattox Court House on April 9. Confederate President Jefferson Davis fled by train through Burke’s Junction (now Burkeville) from Richmond to the last Confederate capital, Danville, a week earlier. 

The Industrial Revolution brought the railway through Nottoway County, and though not nearly as thriving as it once was, Crewe and Burkeville are important junctions even today. Nottoway County has several interesting museums and sites including train and carriage museums, taverns, and a holiday train display that attracts people from all over the world (but it's only displayed between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day). This Nottoway County website describes interesting places to visit. 

Burkeville was incorporated as a town in 1877.  In 1910, one of its residents, Ella Graham Agnew, who is related to our own Stuart Agnew Rosenberg, made history as the first female extension agent for the Virginia and US Departments of Agriculture, and in that position led the way in rural education and in creating opportunities for young women during the peak of the Women’s Sufferage Movement.  

Blackstone 14 miles east of Burkeville just off Hwy 460 is Blackstone, VA.  Much quieter at night, Blackstone offers museums, antique shops and crafts in its quaint downtown area. If you visit between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, you must take the trip to Bevell’s Hardware Store Train Display at 109 N. High St., Blackstone, VA to see the largest collection of working miniature trains anywhere. This is a fabulous exhibit that people from all over the country come to see – all conceived and sponsored by one man over many years.   Blackstone is also a great place to visit Schwartz Tavern and the Robert Thomas Carriage Museum. Both of these museums are on the same grounds and easy to find at 217 North High St., Blackstone, VA. You may also enjoy the very large Blackstone Antiques and Crafts Mall at 121 N Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824 phone (434) 292-0027.  

Farmville, Appomattox and Prince Edward County

We highly recommend a visit to Farmville and Prince Edward County, just 14 miles to the northwest of Waverly Farms on Hwy 460, where Civil War and Civil Rights history abounds. Before Birmingham and Selma, a 16 year old African American girl sued the County Board of Supervisors over the deplorably conditions under which African American children were expected to learn. The resulting closure of the Prince Edward public school system for 10 years will surprise and amaze you! Visit to the Moton Museum for more information about this historic time in Prince Edward County. 

Scroll through this Prince Edward County website to learn more, find fun and interesting things to do in and around Farmville.  

Farmville is also the place to go for a fun small-town downtown experience with cafés and shopping. It is home to Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College and also offers the High Bridge Trail for hiking and biking and the James River for kayaking and canoeing. Rent equipment at The Outdoor Adventure Store and Adventure Park or High Bridge Bikes, both conveniently located at The High Bridge Trail in downtown Farmville on N. Main St.  

Located 14 miles west of Burkeville, just off Hwy 460, take the first Farmville exit and follow Third St. for a few miles until it intersects with Main St.  

  • Turn left onto S. Main St. to go to Longwood University, grocery stores, Walmart, more restaurants, shopping and services. Continue way out on S. Main St., past Lowe’s, to find The Fish and Pig, a lively bar and restaurant near Hampden-Sydney College. On your way, you’ll find a long stretch of shops and services including pharmacies, grocers, Walmart, Lowe’s, Tractor Supply and much more.  

Nightlife in Farmville can be found at The Fishin’ Pig located at 5169 Farmville Rd., Farmville, VA 23901, and Charley’s Riverside Café on N. Main St. in the Greenfront Furniture warehouses. Both are lively places with large bars, frequent bands, great food and game rooms. Uptown Coffee Café also offers music on certain nights, including “open mic”, and is a great place for coffee, ice cream, dessert.  

Golf at the Manor Golf Club at 872 Manor House Dr., Farmville, VA 23901 features an 18 hole championship golf course.  

Blackstone 14 miles east of Burkeville just off Hwy 460 is Blackstone, VA.  Much quieter at night, Blackstone offers museums, antique shops and crafts in its quaint downtown area. If you visit between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, you must take the trip to Bevell’s Hardware Store Train Display at 109 N. High St., Blackstone, VA to see the largest collection of working miniature trains anywhere. This is a fabulous exhibit that people from all over the country come to see – all conceived and sponsored by one man over many years.   Blackstone is also a great place to visit Schwartz Tavern and the Robert Thomas Carriage Museum. Both of these museums are on the same grounds and easy to find at 217 North High St., Blackstone, VA. You may also enjoy the very large Blackstone Antiques and Crafts Mall at 121 N Main St, Blackstone, VA 23824 phone (434) 292-0027.  

Many hiking and biking trails are nearby including: 

A great resource for hiking, biking, horseback and other trails is America Trails offers great information about many of the trails in Virginia.