Hop back in time with a visit to one of the most well-preserved farming communities in America. Famous for its fertile soil and lush pastureland, this historic region has changed little since the Read more...
Hop back in time with a visit to one of the most well-preserved farming communities in America. Famous for its fertile soil and lush pastureland, this historic region has changed little since the eighteenth century. Quakers were the first to settle in Camp Creek, starting a long era of settlement by farming families. Generations later, many of these families still live in their historic homes. There are plenty of pastoral, rolling hills and vernacular architecture to discover here.
Although Green Springs has been designated a Historic Landmark District, all 14,000 acres of land that comprise this fertile region is privately owned. 8,000 of these acres are active conservation areas. The area boasts 35 homes and structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The best way to take in pastoral vibes is by car. Spend the day cruising these country roads for a look at one of the best-preserved landscapes in the country.
For a deeper peek into Virginia's agricultural history, book a guided tour or stop by St. John's Chapel. Pass by the Green Springs Plantation for a look at one of the best-maintained plantations in the state, and end the day with a stop at Boswell's Tavern. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison used to hang out here.
You won't find camping or hiking, but the nearby Shenandoah National Park offers backcountry camping, large campgrounds, as well as cabins and lodges.