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

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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/

New England Fall Travel

New England may try to lay claim to fall foliage drives, and Renaissance festivals may happen nationwide, but when it comes to autumnal living, Washington, D.C. is doing it right.

 

1. The Maryland Renaissance Festival, now in its 39th year, is one of the biggest and most freewheeling festivals of its kind in the country. Held on weekends from late August through October 25th, Renn Fest sprawls out across 27 acres in Crownsville, Maryland, and depicts life in a fictional English village called Revel Grove.

 

Things to look forward to: There’s the 140-odd artisans selling their crafts, taverns full of beer, and food stands peddling turkey legs, “steak on a stake,” fresh seafood, and sandwiches. The village also abounds with performers ranging from a Shakespeare troupe and bawdy balladeers to jugglers, magicians, and even a sword swallower.

 

2. It’s not New England, but the Mid-Atlantic sure has its own fall foliage beauty. Visit the U.S. National Arboretum to see its collection of bonsai trees in full seasonal splendor in the Autumn Bonsai: The Colors of Nature exhibit at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, or wander through some of the city’s other natural spaces such as Rock Creek Park and the National Mall.

 

3. If you’ve got a car and a little bit of time to kill, consider the 75-mile trek out to Shenandoah National Park, known for its amazing vistas of Skyline Drive.

4. Fall weekends are a great time to take a short trek out of the city and into the nearby farms of Maryland and Virginia. At Butler’s Orchard, you can jump on hayrides, navigate corn mazes, and pick pumpkins as part of their annual Potato Festival, or pick apples on their pick-your-own farm.

 

5. Meanwhile, George Washington’s former home hosts its own Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Family Days (October 24-October 25), offering wagon rides, a straw bale maze, apple roasting,18th-century dancing demos, and wheat treading in its barn.

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