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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Café
“Great coffee, sandwiches, food and ice-cream. Live music on certain nights. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The best restaurant, and most expensive, but the location is beautiful and in the summer sitting on the deck above the Appomattox River is wonderful.”
  • 8 locals recommend
University
“This vibrant university connects to Downtown Farmville and is a study in typical old Virginia buildings. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Smithsonian museum is a historic landmark and is the student birthplace of America’s Civil Rights Revolution. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Historic Scenic Bridge and Hiking Trail- Bike rentals, Accessed Downtown near Green Front”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“A collaborative forum for students and faculty of Longwood University and the people of South Central Virginia to explore visual art and its relevance to everyday life. Chasing Shadows: The Magical Realities of Elly MacKay Chasing Shadows: The Magical Realities of Elly MacKay showcases the artist and illustrator’s miniature shadow theatres, prints, original hand cut renderings, curiosity cabinets, and a large-scale site-specific installation created for LCVA’s Main Street gallery. MacKay, a rising star in children’s illustration as well as an artist, is the author of three books and illustrator of more than a dozen others, including the complete Anne of Green Gables series. Her stunning, whimsical works are created using paper, pen-and-ink figures, an open-sided “theatre,” and a very old-fashioned manipulation of sunlight and lamplight. Chasing Shadows includes new work, including a large-scale kinetic installation created specifically for LCVA’s 30-foot long Main Street window gallery. MacKay, who grew up in an old stone church in Big Bay, Ontario, Canada, finds inspiration through Victorian entertainment devices, and is particularly drawn to tunnel books, magic lanterns, stereoscopes, paper theaters, and zoetropes. Chasing Shadows is the first in a new annual exhibition series organized around the Virginia Children’s Book Festival. MacKay will return to the LCVA in October to lead workshops during the Virginia Children’s Book Festival. A section of the exhibition also features MacKay’s rarely exhibited simple theatre boxes. Here visitors are able to experience what is normally fleeting—scenes that normally MacKay quickly dismantles once she has experimented with light, adjusted the background, the props, and the characters and captured the various permutations in photographs. MacKay is the first to characterize her work as play, a practice that is very evident here. While MacKay’s work is aesthetically pleasing and unendingly relatable, it also has a strong narrative quality that lends itself to carefully considered examinations of literacy, education, science, and rural vs. urban environments and economies. Each of her books, especially If You Hold a Seed and Butterfly Park, instills the value of planting and nurturing small acts of kindness, as well as the power of individuals and community to generate meaningful change. In short, the core spirit of Elly MacKay’s art is perfectly aligned to the community centered missions of both LCVA and Longwood University. When and Where: The opening reception for Chasing Shadows will take place on Friday, July 8 from 5pm to 8pm. The exhibition will remain on display through November 6. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Brewery
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“A local microbrewery just steps from the High Bridge Trail and Historic Farmville! Food Trucks, and Live music. Outdoor patio.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“Casual relaxed sandwich dining yet you feel like, "Oh, yes, we ARE on vacation, I will have that midday beer!"”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Rent Bikes at High Bridge Bike Rental, or bring your own, or just take a walk along this "rail to trail" beauty. The park's centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River. It is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the United States. High Bridge, a Virginia Historic Landmark, is on the National Register of Historic Places.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great for lunch or an inexpensive dinner. Good pizzas and sandwiches and salads (also great drinks).”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
  • 1 local recommends
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Full-service grocery store. This and Walmart are our closest options for everyday groceries. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cinema
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Typical Mexican except they are all just so NICE and the white sauce they serve with the chips is so good and don't get me started on their marguerites. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Boutique hotel with restaurant, coffee shop and Top of the hotel lounge located on the roof of the hotel. Across from Longwood University.”
  • 1 local recommends