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.

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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.

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

Green Front Furniture

Green Front’s re-purposed warehouses and restored buildings form the centerpiece of Farmville’s historic downtown. But once here, you will also find a town crisscrossed by High Bridge Trail and the slow-flowing Appomattox River. A town filled with opportunities for good food and fun. So along with the adventure of exploring Green Front’s treasure-filled warehouses, you may also want to explore Farmville. When you plan your visit, be sure to build in time to enjoy the many activities in the area. Eat at our local cafes, visit a museum, tour Longwood University and stay at a hotel or bed and breakfast.

Farmville captivates with its small-town charm and also with its variety. You find everything from history and art to music and outdoor fun. In the same way, Green Front captivates its visitors with its wide selection of rugs and furniture. No matter your taste, your style or your budget, you will find the perfect piece for your home. With our unique business model — remote location, and no-frills presentation — we always offer you more for less.

Many visitors shop for that perfect piece, then take a break before returning. As one happy customer put it, “I love going from building to building to find a treasure. I never leave without buying something. I also love having lunch at one of the local cafes.”

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

Lee’s Reteat

Following successful Union attacks on his far right flank at Five Forks on April 1, 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee decided to abandon Petersburg and head west and south in an attempt to join Gen. Joseph Johnston’s army in North Carolina.

Union commander Gen. U.S. Grant followed aggressively. Rapidly moving Federal forces blocked Lee’s turn to the south, forcing the Confederate army west. The armies clashed at Sailor’s Creek, substantially weakening Lee as he continued his agonized march across southern Virginia.

Grant finally cornered Lee at Appomattox Court House. Out of options, Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia there April 9.

The Lee’s Retreat driving tour follows the course of that critical action on roads that were used April 2–9, 1865. Short-range radio messages at more than 25 waysides along the way explain the activity. Tune your radio to AM1620 (near Appomattox, AM1600) to hear the messages. You must stop at the waysides to listen. The signal does not reach much beyond them.

Civil War Trails interpretive markers now enhance the radio stops with battle maps, photographs and additional description of the sites. Find the signs at Sutherland, Namozine Church, Amelia Springs, Lockett House, Rice’s Depot, Cavalry at High Bridge, Farmville, Cumberland Church, High Bridge, Lee’s Rearguard and Burkeville.

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

The McLeans House

The McLeans left Appomattox Court House and returned to Mrs. McLean’s Prince William County, Virginia estate in the fall of 1867. When Wilmer McLean defaulted on repayment of loans, the banking house of Harrison, Goddin, and Apperson of Richmond, Virginia brought a judgment against him, and the “Surrender House” was sold at public auction on November 29, 1869. The house was purchased by John L. Pascoe and apparently rented to the Ragland family formerly of Richmond.

In 1872 Nathaniel H. Ragland purchased the property for $1250.00. On January 1, 1891 the property was sold by the widow Ragland for the sum of $10,000 to Captain Myron Dunlap of Niagara Falls, New York. Myron Dunlap and fellow speculators went through two or three plans intending to capitalize on the notoriety of the property, one idea was to dismantle the home and move it to Chicago as an exhibit at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

A later option was to move the house to Washington, D.C. and charge entrance fees. Measured drawings including elevations and materials specifications lists were produced, the house was dismantled and packed for shipping, but due to cash flow and legal problems the plan was never brought to fruition. The home sat dismantled in piles prey to vandals, collectors, and the environment for fifty years.

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

Things to See and Do In and Around Farmville

Enjoy a dramatic hike or bike ride 125 feet above the Appomattox River. High Bridge Trail is a 31-mile converted “rail trail” for hiking and biking. High Bridge is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia, and one of the longest in the United States. You can rent bikes at the Outdoor Adventure Store in Downtown Farmville, then jump on the trail a block away and embark on your 4.5-mile ride to the bridge. A must-see attraction!
When Longwood University made national news for being chosen as the site of the October 4 Vice Presidential debate, its out-of-the-way location in southern Virginia – in a town called Farmville, no less! – was part of the story.

True, Farmville is a small town, and a very charming one. But the abundance of things to see and do, in town and nearby, is a revelation to many. Think two-college town, furniture shopping, history and outdoor fun. Here are a few of the highlights:
R.R. Moton Museum
The former Moton High School, now a National Historic Landmark and museum, tells the story of a 1951 student strike that helped ignite the Civil Rights era. Led by 16-year-old Barbara Johns, the Moton Student Strike produced three-fourths of the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the landmark Supreme Court decision desegregating U.S. schools.

Green Front Furniture
Spread over six blocks of Downtown Farmville, Green Front Furniture comprises 12 buildings of furniture, including three converted tobacco warehouses, filled with fine furnishings, rugs, imports and accessories. This discount furniture powerhouse is a destination in itself, drawing fervent fans from hundreds of miles away.

Hampden-Sydney College
Founded in 1775, Hampden-Sydney began as the southernmost representative of the “Log College” form of higher education established by the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in America, whose academic ideal was the University of Edinburgh, seat of the Scottish Enlightenment. Its Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum promotes the history of the College and its role in the history of Virginia and our nation.

The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat
Just six miles southeast of Downtown Farmville, the Adventure Park features 20 zip lines and 60 obstacles, making it Virginia’s largest and grandest aerial adventure park.
 

Outdoor Lover’s Paradise
Hiking. Biking. Boating. Fishing. Kayaking. Canoeing. Swimming. Camping. Horseback riding. If you’re into the outdoors, you’re in the right place! Farmville is surrounded by rivers and streams and two of Virginia’s finest bass fishing lakes – Briery Creek Lake and Sandy River Reservoir – making it a fisherman’s paradise. With five state parks, four wildlife management areas, and three state forests within a short drive, it’s a great place to experience the great outdoors.

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts
Located a block from the Longwood University campus in the heart of Downtown Farmville, the LCVA celebrates art with the community through exhibits, programs, activities and educational outreach. All exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

Longwood Bed & Breakfast
608 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23901
(434) 395-2617
http://www.longwood.edu/bedandbreakfast/

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
http://www.longwood.edu/bedandbreakfast/