Events at the Longwood Bed & Breakfast

Looking to plan an event at the Longwood Bed & Breakfast? We’d love to host your special day. From our elegant rooms to our pristine surrounding grounds, our space is the perfect place to host your gathering. For information about hosting an event at the Longwood Bed & Breakfast, please contact the executive director, Lorrie Watson at watsonlc@longwood.edu

Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
Longwood Bed & Breakfast

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Historic Downtown Farmville

Historic Downtown Farmville Walking Tour is a self-guided walking tour of the Farmville Historic District. Spend a leisurely afternoon experiencing Farmville’s history and unique architecture. Click here to download a copy of the map and narrative for the Farmville Historic Walking Tour, including the Jackson House where General Robert E. Lee came on the morning of April 7, for a meeting with the Confederate Secretary of War John Cabell Breckinridge, Quartermaster General A. R. Lawson, and Commissary General I. M. St. John.

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Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
Longwood Bed & Breakfast

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the nation’s largest war. Two important questions about its future were answered. Could the nation survive a civil war intact, and would that nation exist without slavery? The answer to both was yes and a new nation was born.

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Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
Longwood Bed & Breakfast

What Is a Bed and Breakfast?

A bed and breakfast (typically shortened to B&B or BnB) is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and breakfast. Bed and breakfasts are often private family homes and typically have between four and eleven rooms, with six being the average. A B&B usually has the hosts in the house.

Bed and breakfast is also used to describe the level of catering included in a hotel’s room prices, as opposed to room only, half-board or full-board.

Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host’s kitchen.

B&Bs and guest houses may be operated as either a secondary source of income or a primary occupation. Often the owners themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms, but some bed and breakfasts hire staff for cleaning or cooking. Properties with hired professional management are uncommon (unlike inns or hotels) but may exist if the same owner operates multiple B&Bs.

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Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
Longwood Bed & Breakfast

History of the Bed & Breakfast

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.

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Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
Longwood Bed & Breakfast

The History of Longwood University

At Longwood, bright, hardworking students learn to lead. As a top-ranked public University in the heart of Virginia, Longwood pairs a classical liberal arts curriculum with hands-on experience in the field. Our small, close-knit community supports each student to grow, every day, toward his or her ideals.

Longwood holds deep historical roots, but over nearly two centuries our curriculum has evolved dramatically. President W. Taylor Reveley IV, who took office in 2013, continues to emphasize the liberal arts and sciences as the heart of the academic enterprise for all Longwood students — many of whom go on to major in our outstanding pre-professional programs like business and nursing. All Longwood students also experience our mission of educating citizen leaders firsthand, developing the critical thinking, leadership skills and integrity needed to graduate as lifelong learners and leaders.

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Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
Longwood Bed & Breakfast