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Nestled in the heart of Virginia lies Prince Edward County, one of the commonwealth’s most interesting rural counties. The county was created in 1754 when a portion of Amelia county was split off to form Prince Edward County. Hampden-Sydney, a men’s liberal arts college, was founded in 1775, and less than a century later in 1839 the Farmville Female Seminar Association, now named Longwood University, was founded in the town of Farmville.

The county has seen more than its share of historic events. In the 1850s, the Southside Railroad brought its line (at the urging and lobbying of the Farmville business community) through the county. The railroad constructed an impressive span called High Bridge over the Appomattox River. During the Civil War, General Lee led the Confederate troops through Prince Edward and surrounding counties. After the Confederates crossed the Appomattox over High Bridge, they tried to burn the bridge to prevent Union troops from following. The bridge was heavily damaged but repaired by the railroad. It continued in operation as a railroad bridge until finally the line was discontinued. The Norfolk Southern Railway donated 31 miles of former railway line including High Bridge to the state, and it is now a multi-use recreational trail. The trail offers picturesque scenery, especially at High Bridge where hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders have breathtaking views of the gorge over the Appomattox River and surrounding farms.

In the 20th century, Prince Edward County found itself once again at the center of American history when Barbara Rose Johns, a student at the all-black Moton School, led a protest against the inequalities faced by black students at the overcrowded, segregated school. Johns’ protest was picked up by the NAACP. Her case was added to several others sponsored by the NAACP that eventually went to the United States Supreme Court as Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka. Prince Edward refused to cooperate with desegregation and closed its school until 1964.

Today, Civil Rights history is celebrated at the Robert Russa Moton Museum, the former high school attended by Johns.

The 23,000 residents of Prince Edward County hold a variety of jobs at the universities, local hospital and healthcare facilities in the county seat of Farmville. Fine restaurants, ranging from cozy to classic, as well as live music, a thriving arts community, and major shopping destinations such as Green Front Furniture make Prince Edward County a growing and lively place to visit.

Services in Prince Edward County

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      Alzheimer's Association

    Alzheimer’s Association

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      Centra Southside Community Hospital Building

    Centra Southside Community Hospital

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      Central Virginia Regional Library Building

    Central Virginia Regional Library

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    Community Mental Health Directory

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      Crossroads Community Service Board Building

    Crossroads Community Service Board

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      Crossroads-Emergency Services

    Crossroads-Emergency Services

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      Crossroads-Intellectual Disabilities

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      Crossroads-Substance Abuse

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      FACES

    FACES Backpack Program

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      Faces

    FACES Food Pantry

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    Farmville Cares Peer-to-Peer Volunteer Network

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    Heart of Virginia Free Clinic

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      Light of Christ Family Services

    LOC Family Services

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    Meals on Wheels

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    Patrick Henry Family Services: Expanded Families

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      Patrick Henry Family Services: Hat Creek Camp

    Patrick Henry Family Services: Hat Creek Camps

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      Patrick Henry Family Services: Homes of Hope

    Patrick Henry Family Services: Homes of Hope

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      Patrick Henry Family Services: Hope for Tomorrow Counseling

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      Patrick Henry Family Services: Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes

    Patrick Henry Family Services: Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes

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    Patrick Henry Family Services: Safe Families for Children

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    Piedmont Area Veterans Council and Community Resources (PAVC)- Piedmont Veteran Engagement Board

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      Piedmont Area Veterans Council and Community Resources (PAVC)-Employment Services

    Piedmont Area Veterans Council and Community Resources (PAVC)-Employment Services

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      Piedmont Area Veterans Council and Community Resources (PAVC)-Veterans Benefits

    Piedmont Area Veterans Council and Community Resources (PAVC)-Veterans Benefits

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      Piedmont Habitat for Humanity: Affordable Homeownership

    Piedmont Habitat for Humanity: Affordable Homeownership

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      Piedmont Habitat for Humanity: Homeowner Education Workshops

    Piedmont Habitat for Humanity: Homeowner Education Workshops

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    Piedmont Health District WIC

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    Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging – Friendship Cafes

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      Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging - Non-emergency medical transportation

    Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging – Non-emergency medical transportation

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    Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging – Home-Delivered Meal Delivery Services

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    Prince Edward Department of Social Services

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    Salvation Army

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      South Central Region Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs - Virginia Career Works

    South Central Region Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs – Virginia Career Works

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      South Central Region Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Out of School Youth Program - Virginia Career Works

    South Central Region Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Out of School Youth Program – Virginia Career Works

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      Southside Center for Violence Prevention (Madeline’s House)

    Southside Center for Violence Prevention (Madeline’s House)

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    Southside SPCA

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    Southside VA Family YMCA

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    STEPS Inc. – Energy Share

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      STEPS, Inc. - Senior Community Services Employment Program (Title V)

    STEPS, Inc. – Senior Community Services Employment Program (Title V)

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      STEPS, Inc. - Virginia Homeless Solutions Program

    STEPS, Inc. – Virginia Homeless Solutions Program

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      STEPS, Inc. - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Out of School Youth Program

    STEPS, Inc. – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Out of School Youth Program

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      STEPS, Inc. - Workplace Supports

    STEPS, Inc. – Workplace Supports

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      STEPS, Inc. – COVID-19 Hotline

    STEPS, Inc. – COVID-19 Hotline

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      STEPS, Inc. – Head Start

    STEPS, Inc. – Head Start

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      The United Way of Prince Edward County

    The United Way of Prince Edward County

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    Ticket to Work Program: South Central Workforce Development Board

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      Virginia Children's Book Festival

    Virginia Children’s Book Festival

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      Virginia Legal Aid Society

    Virginia Legal Aid Society

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