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.
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.
One of the most popular crops in the US was first grown in the state of Virginia. The Peanut was first grown on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It had perfect soil for the peanut plant.
Try your hand at native brookies or stocked fish in the creeks at Grayson Highlands. Base camp and fish the many trout streams in the national forest lands around Hungry Mother, Douthat, Natural Tunnel or Shenandoah River. Douthat has a great put-and-take fishery in its lake as well as more than three miles of stocked creek waters, including a special section just for kids.
This tree-top adventure park is the largest and first of it’s kind in central Virginia. Participants independently traverse obstacles suspended between trees. There are 52 obstacles including 13 zip line, separated into four different courses/trails, similar to those found on a ski mountain.The courses are different levels of difficulty, ranging from beginner to challenging. Each trail consists of elements like rope bridges, logs, cargo nets, swings, ladders, and zip lines. Located in Rice, VA.
Located on the second floor this room is referred to as The Grant Room because General Ulysses S. Grant used the furniture when he stayed at the old Price Edward Hotel on his way through Farmville to Appomattox.
The room features a hand carved lacquered antique queen bed, table, dresser set that is intricately laced with gold paint.
It is believed that General Grant wrote the first request for surrender to General Robert E. Lee on one of the two tables located in the room. The furniture set was donated by Harrier Booker Lamb ‘28. This room offers a private bath.