Farmville played a vital role in both the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement. Be sure to include a 90-minute guided tour of the Robert Russa Moton Museum, one of the 41 sites on the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. See the film "Strike" and learn about the courageous leadership of 16-year-old Barbara Johns, who led a local strike protesting the "separate but equal" policy. That led to the Brown vs. Board of Education case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which desegregated American schools. Catering services can be arranged through the museum, or head to historic Downtown Farmville. Here, you'll experience the wealth of natural, cultural and recreational opportunities as well as shopping and dining.
Wander the campus of lovely Longwood University, which offers 100 majors and areas of study to more than 4,500 students.
Experience the High Bridge Trail State Park. The centerpiece of the park is the majestic High Bridge, which spans ½ mile, 160 feet above the Appomattox River. Built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad, it played a significant role during Lee's retreat in the final days of the American Civil War. Today, the High Bridge Trail State Park is a 34-mile multi-use trail dedicated to hiking, bicycling and horseback riding.
Arrangements can be made for a special dinner at the historic Farmville train station. It was here that General Robert E. Lee hoped to re-supply his troops. In 1979, a Pepsi-Cola commercial was filmed there, where it captured the essence of heartland America. Today it's a great place to hold special events.
The Farmville Area Farmers Market is located in a renovated tobacco warehouse in Farmville's historic district. The market offers a nice variety of all homegrown and homemade items. Organic and pesticide free items can be found as well.
Take the time to drive by or wander through the numerous beautiful historic churches and old cemeteries. Many visitors come to the area to research their ancestry and are able to attach those vital branches onto their family tree. Continue your journey to Appomattox to experience more of American history first-hand.
Last Updated: 6/26/2014 11:42 AM