Experience a Piece of Central Virginia's History
"Small Town History" in the Heart of Central Virginia:
by Louisa County Parks, Recreation & Tourism on January 17, 2018
When you plan a trip to Louisa County, you will experience first-hand how we have been preserving, promoting and protecting Louisa's History throughout the years, ultimately drawing excitement and interaction from both the community and visitors alike!
For those looking to discover more about the historical significance and heritage of Central Virginia, then start by picking a setting to lay your head at night. Prospect Hill Plantation Inn is an authentic 18th century plantation on a breathtaking 40 pastoral acres, situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains where you are sure to have a true relaxing experience. You can recline under the pool's shade pavilion, reflect by the garden gazebo, stroll the expansive grounds, hand-feed horses, sheep, and chickens while also experiencing fine dining at its best!
Another historical option is The Boxley Place Inn located near downtown Louisa, Virginia. You will enjoy experiencing the luxury and historical significance of this beautiful and breathtaking property as its renovations take you back in time with eloquence and charm while offering a serene setting in the heart of Main Street Louisa.
After breakfast, visitors can take a walking tour of historic Main Street where you will see history come alive in the historical buildings located there. If you aren't planning to stay at the historical Boxley Place Inn or Whistle Stop Bed & Breakfast near Main Street, make sure you visit these two locations to explore their rich heritage and history.
Take a trip over to the Sargeant Museum (lower left) located only a few short minutes from town to begin the driving tour (access guide here) of the Battle of Trevilian Station. The self-guided tour will take you to multiple areas throughout the County where interpretive signs will provide you with the opportunity to learn and see more about each site that has been preserved: the Netherland Tavern, General Custer's Trevilians House, the Trevilians Station itself (lower right), The Ogg Farm and the Dunn Farm, the Courthouse on Main Street and a portion of the Virginia Central Railroad line that played a significant part in the heritage here. At the conclusion of the tour, visitors have the opportunity to travel to the Civil War Exchange Museum (lower middle) in Gordonsville for a tour of Virginia’s only standing Civil War Receiving Hospital.
Once your tour is complete, stop by the Bracketts Farm (lower middle) located in the heart of the Green Springs Historical District to see a working farm dating from the 18th century. The farm serves as a focus for the Green Springs National Historic District which encompasses over 14,000 acres in the piedmont of central Virginia. It is a gateway to other areas within the district - mostly comprised of large family farms, their fields and intermittent woodlots and ponds. The homes and farms are a continuum of Virginia rural vernacular architecture, reflective and respectful of their location, preserved in their original context with little alteration.
After a day of exploring Louisa County’s rich heritage, enjoy a fine-dining experience at a historical Bed & Breakfast, or visit Tavern on the Rail (lower middle) – a unique and special dining establishment located in a beautifully restored 1837 building. Enjoy the beauty of this 170 year old general store that has been restored for your dining experience in a rustic, yet elegant atmosphere. The upstairs offers upscale yet relaxed dining. The downstairs is welcoming and cozy for casual dining or a quick bite. Reservations are recommended for Friday and Saturday nights. To learn more about Louisa's heritage while planning your next trip with us, visit the Louisa County Historical Society's website here.