About the County

We are Amherst County, VA

Nestled in the heart of Virginia, Amherst County is defined by its rural countryside, rich tradition, and quality of life reminiscent of days gone by. While other communities move at a frantic pace and have lost their sense of place, Amherst County has preserved its pristine landscape, fertile farmland, and picturesque views. Our scenic beauty is second to none, and it draws people here to learn, be inspired, create, and enjoy a peaceful lifestyle. Amherst truly has something for everyone, from a premier institute of higher learning in Sweet Briar, a nationally recognized artist community, to an energized creative culture led by Second Stage.

Our agricultural heritage is alive and well in our wineries and orchards. We also have a rich history defined by grist mills and bateaus along the James. Furthermore, we can’t forget the tales of the Revolution, the Civil War, and the bright, vibrant traditions of the Monacan Nation. That history is best experienced within our rolling hills and along

our country roads. Perhaps our best offering is the Great Outdoors. In Amherst County, you are never more than five minutes from the pastoral beauty of the countryside or the seclusion of unspoiled natural wonders. You can launch your boat at Riveredge Park, catch prize catfish in our beautiful freshwater lakes, play golf at award-winning courses, hike the   Appalachian Trail, or simply enjoy a peaceful drive along the Parkway.

 Along the way, you can step back in time at Amherst Milling Company or taste wine at one of our fine vineyards. From the majestic James to the mighty Blue Ridge, Amherst County is a welcome escape.

 Global products are made right here, from finely crafted German grandfather clocks to high-end precision archery components used by world record holders and gold medalists! This niche industry grew out of the huntsman culture in Amherst, as well as the pioneering spirit of our citizens.

The entrepreneurial ingenuity can also be seen in our unique small businesses. From custom-made pies to locally made beer, locals and visitors can get everything they need. If you are focused on achieving an amazing blend of quality of life and professional success, Amherst County has built an environment that offers mountains of opportunity.

Amherst County is both active and passive, wild and cultured, secluded yet connected, and we have all of the things our great state has to offer right in the place we call home.

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Amherst County Administrative Offices
153 Washington St
P.O. Box 390, Amherst, VA 24521
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  • Phone: (434) 946-9400
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