Claytor Lake State Park

Ideal for swimming, hiking and picnicking, Claytor Lake is known for sport fishing and boating. The park has a full-service marina with docking slips, supplies, fuel, boat rentals and refreshments.

Located on the 4,500 acre, 21 mile long Claytor Lake (from which the park was named) in the New River Valley of southwestern Virginia, Claytor Lake State Park offers a wide variety of activities for water and land enthusiasts. Easily accessible from Interstate 81, the park features the only full service marina in the state park system. In addition, there are miles of hiking trails, swimming, camping facilities, cabins and a visitor center. The visitor center is located in the historic Howe House. The lake and the park are named after Graham Claytor (1886-1971), who was vice president of Appalachian Power and supervised construction of the dam.

Claytor Lake State Park covers 472 acres. Lake size, 4,500 acres; 21 miles long. The park has approximately three miles of lake frontage.


Healthy Summer Days

In the warmer, longer, lazier days of summer, the living may not be easy, but your life probably feels less chaotic. Even adults tend to adopt a “school’s out!” attitude in summer. That’s why this is a perfect time to improve your health in a fashion so seasonally laid back you’ll barely notice the effort.

To get you started, WebMD went to eight health experts in fields such as diet, fitness, stressstress, vision, and oral health. We asked them this: If you could only suggest one simple change this season to boost personal health, what would it be? Here are their top eight tips:

Summer Art Studio 2017

The Longwood Center for Visual Arts invites you to join us this summer to explore and create beautiful works of art inspired by some of your favorite children’s literature old and new!

Drop in any time between 11:00am–2:00pm, from June 5-August 4,  at the LCVA, on the corner of 3rd Street and Main Street in historic downtown Farmville.

We will be closed Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday July 4th.


The Jarman Room

This is the only bedroom located on the first floor and is the most handicap accessible with a private bathroom.

Dr. Joseph L. Jarman served as president of the university and lived in the house from 1902-1946.

The room features an elegant, hand carved, mahogany furniture set that is crowned by the canopied full bed. On the wall of the room is a painting of Mrs. Jarman, the wife of the former college president resident of the house. This room also has a private bath.


The Lancaster Room

This bedroom is located on the second floor. Dr. Dabney S. Lancaster served as president of the university and lived in the house from 1946-1955.

This room features a beautiful highboy that was commissioned by Governor Stanley, owner of Stanley Furniture Company, for the Governor’s mansion in Richmond, VA. This masterpiece remained in the Governor’ Mansion for a number of years before it was loaned to the University. This room features a king bed with a private bath.


The History of Longwood

The Bed & Breakfast was originally built in 1880 and served as a private residence to Dr. Cunningham, who later served as President of the college (1887-1897) which at that time was called the Female State Normal School.

The house was later purchased by the University for the president, Dr. Jarman, and served as the home of Longwood Presidents until 1969. In 1969, President Dr. Willett moved his family to the current presidential home, Longwood House.

The house then became work space for the Alumni Office and later transitioned into overnight accommodations for faculty/staff, alumni, parents, and friends of the university.

Today it is known as the Longwood Bed & Breakfast open to the public to use and enjoy.

The Upper Appomattox Canal

Farmville was the end of the line for the Upper Appomattox Canal Navigation System between 1795 until 1890. African Americans built the canal system. Tobacco and farm produce could be loaded into a James River bateau in Farmville and sent to Petersburg, Virginia. The canals were used until railroads became common. Many of the boatmen who worked in the Upper Appomattox Navigation, near Farmville were free people of color, who lived in the Israel Hill community. Israel Hill was home to free African American laborers, craftsmen and farmers freed around 1810, and White people. People of African and European descent worked for the same wages; built a church together and could be defended in court within the 350 acre town.