CAAR Real Estate Weekly
By Joanne DiMaggio
On June 9 and 10th, you can once again experience the sounds and sites of The Battle of Trevilian Station, the largest all-cavalry battle of the Civil War. Taking place in western Louisa County, the reenactment of this most historic event serves as the catalyst to bring throngs of people into Louisa County.
This year is the 148th anniversary of the battle. On Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the action will take place at Bracketts Farm, 1117 Nolting Road in Louisa. Audiences will experience exciting cavalry battles and drills, home tours, living history demonstrations, see a field hospital, and be entertained. Spectator Admission is Adults (Ages 16 and Above): $10 for one day, $15 for two days and Children (Ages 4-15): $5 for one day; $8 for two days.
The re-enactments give area residents a chance to “show off” their beautiful piece of Virginia and share why the quality of life in Louisa makes it a wonderful place to live.
Located in the rolling Central Piedmont region near the heart of Virginia, Louisa County is within 500 miles of one-half of the nation’s population. With a population of close to 33,000 people and two incorporated towns: Louisa, which is the county seat, and Mineral, Louisa County’s 514 square miles are predominantly farm and forests, mixed with business, industrial, and residential properties. Although considered an agricultural and rural residential county, it is one of the more rapidly growing counties in Virginia.
A Great Place To Raise a Family
With a wide range of community events, classic country living in historic homes or modern ones around the county or on Lake Anna, and easy connections to additional shopping, arts, and entertainment, Louisa County offers a wonderful alternative to live, work, and raise a family.
“You can describe Louisa County’s quality of life, economic vitality and housing opportunities in one word, diversity,” said James Dickerson of RE/MAX Assured Properties. “I love showing Louisa County real estate to buyers relocating to the area since we have homes in three golf course communities (soon to be four with the addition of Cutalong at Lake Anna), multiple waterfront communities, mini-farms to 100+ acres estates, starter homes to luxury homes, gated and un-gated neighborhoods, etc., plus lots of available land parcels of varying size for new construction custom homes. Buyers not already familiar with Louisa County are wowed by the number of housing options.”
Historic Downtown Louisa still has a charming village atmosphere where browsers can shop and dine. Stores, churches, offices, and residences, some dating from the 18th century, create a back-to-the-past ambiance. For those interested in the area’s history, the Historical Society Museum showcases memorabilia from another era. If your family has roots in the county, family genealogies can be researched in the records of the Louisa County Courthouse. In addition, there is The Green Springs National Historic Landmark District that encompasses 14,000 acres of fertile agricultural land and more than 250 original eighteenth and nineteenth century homes, barns and other outbuildings.
Recreation is plentiful. “The county calendar is filled with community fairs, parades, and events (music festivals, historical reenactments & presentations, winery events, fish fries, barbeque fundraisers, Relay for Life, youth sports, farmers markets, etc.) based around the seasons and holidays,” said Dickerson. “Every weekend you can find a fun event with the challenge often being which event to enjoy from the numerous offerings.”
The jewel of Louisa County’s recreational treasure chest is Lake Anna. The lake is approximately 17 miles long containing 13,000 acres of clean water for boating and fishing. “Louisa County has always been known for the hunting and fishing opportunities available across the county plus canoeing and kayaking the rivers and lakes,” said Dickerson.
Industrial developments continue to grow. “In addition to the traditionally rural farming and timber based economies that have supported families for years, Louisa’s Industrial Development Authority and the Board of Supervisors worked towards the future, recruiting and helping businesses across the county from Lake Anna to Gordonsville to Zion Crossroads to the Industrial Air Park to Shannon Hill and pretty much everywhere in between,” said Dickerson. “The businesses (manufacturing, hospitality, retail, and service) provide jobs helping to keep many of our high school graduates from fleeing the county in search of jobs.”
Dickerson, who has lived in Louisa since the early 1970s, continues to meet new people and find new activities around the county. “ Louisa County has always had a strong sense of community pride with neighbors coming together to help neighbors. This was exemplified to the nation after last year’s earthquake as citizens, churches, social organizations, business and local government came together to help displaced schools, homeowners and renters.”
Dickerson ended by saying: “Diversity really does sum up the economic vitality, quality of life and housing found in Louisa County.”