Well, it has been a while since I have posted a Family-Friendly Events review for modenook.com. And I must focus on Farmville, VA for kids.
Farmville, VA is the quaintest town, if not approximately 50 years back in history. Even in the year 2012, going to Farmville is like taking a step back in history. The folks in Farmville are sincere, patient, and willing to slow the day to make yours!
My first encounter with Farmville seeing a 70-ish African-American gentleman donning a baseball cap that read, “Where the heck is Farmville, VA?” As many people have said, even in the (shhhhh!) small-town Rotary club meetings, Farmville is Virginia’s best kept secret. I think they may be on to something.
If you’re visiting with children, here are a few suggestions:
1. Eat lunch at Charley’s Waterfront Cafe. Great food, great people, and great ambiance—the bricks of the building are very old, and it sits along Buffalo Creek.
2. Stroll through Longwood University’s campus. The buildings are old and beautiful, student artwork and sculptures are on display, magnolia tree havens are magical for children, and civil war history is prevelant.
3. Or eat lunch at Macado’s. The sandwiches are delectable, and if you ever went to Tech, well, Macado’s in Farmville, is like rootin’ for Tech, ok not really. But it brings about this weird Blacksburg nostalgic feeling. And you get a pickle.
4. If you really want to run into the locals, stop in at the McDonald’s in Farmville. You’ll see Longwood University students, professors, Farmville locals, and Hampden Sydney locals. I’ve even heard that the owner’s wife likes to work in the drive-thru.
5. Stop by for a tour of the old Farmville Herald and WHVL local country station. They are in the same building. If the kids want to see the way an old newspaper printing press is still run, ask for Ken Woodley. This newspaper is printed twice a week, and its integrity is in its history.
6. Ready to introduce the kids to Civil Rights History? Look no further than the Moton Museum. Ask for Lacy and tell him Kerry Smith from Rotary sent you!
7. How about Civil War History? Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park. There are picnic tables here to have lunch, as well as bathrooms and a museum. It commemorates Black Thursday of the Confederacy, April 6, 1865.
8. High Bridge Trail State Park is a great walking trail near downtown Farmville, Main Street and Buffalo Creek. Twenty-eight (28) miles of trail. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 160 feet above the Appomattox River. The original bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad. The current steel-tower bridge was built in 1914.
9. Ready to introduce the kids to furniture bargain hunting and antiquing? Just stroll through Greenfront. Green Front Furniture’s headquarters consists of 12 different warehouses–the equivalent of 12 football fields in size and over 700,000 square feet of showroom space.
10. Go to a football game at Hampden Sydney. In continuous operation since November 10, 1775, the College is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States, holds the oldest (1783) private charter in the South, and is the oldest of the country’s few remaining colleges for men.
I’m all about teaching kids young, and exposing them to as much as possible. Minds are fertile and they will absorb! Good luck!