In central Virginia lies a charming town in Prince Edward County named Farmville. Home to a variety of eclectic activities and attractions, Farmville is a magnet for visitors with a knack for arts and history. The area’s museums, shops, and galleries make up the perfect day trip for anyone looking to expand their cultural palette.
Farmville has plenty of sights and activities to indulge your more creative side. Longwood Center for the Visual Arts is known for its expansive collections such as African, contemporary and decorative art and photography. The museum also presents rotating exhibits like their current Scrap Time, which features works by Lauren Rice using unusual materials and methods to find new meanings and messages in her art. The Main Street Museum exhibit highlights works from several favorite collections, like American art, Chinese art, Folk art and others.
For art fanatics that prefer hands-on activities, Red Door 104 art gallery and studio offers online and in-person art classes for small groups. Led by founder Audrey Sullivan and her team of professional instructors, the studio is known for its vibrant, 500-year-old Spanish red doors that welcome artists of all experience levels to its space. Visitors can also come to appreciate the gallery art if they call ahead.
The Moton Museum is the perfect stop for history buffs. Formerly Robert Russa Moton High School, the establishment was memorialized as a National Historic Landmark for the 1951 student strike. Barbara Johns led students into a peaceful protest and walk-out to challenge segregation and poor conditions in Virginia schools. The museum features exhibits that commemorate the Civil Rights journey in Prince Edward county Schools and the individuals who catalyzed the shift in social change.
Prefer to see history in the form of collectibles? Farmville has a wide selection of antiques to explore, cherish and purchase. In the Main Street area alone, the town boasts four antique shops: Poplar Hall Antique Center, Prince Edward Art & Antiques, Mottley Emporium and Second Chance Antiques.
Farmville is at no shortage of artsy eateries either. The Virginia Tasting Cellar is a multi-winery tasting room that features 8-12 wineries and cideries from all over Virginia. Diners are able to gain an appreciation for the state’s vast vineyards while also indulging in top-notch entrees and appetizers like their roasted red pepper and crab soup or shrimp and broccoli alfredo sandwich.
Fans of international cuisine will be eager to book a table at Shogun Hibachi and Sushi Steakhouse, known for its stunning displays of Japanese and sushi entrees. As delicious as they are picturesque, Shogun’s dishes are more like edible art displays than a typical Japanese meal. Available for takeout and delivery, the restaurant ensures diners can enjoy their dinner from wherever is most comfortable.