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The Cities and communities of Nelson County, Virginia *

Afton, Arrington, Avon



Gladstone, Greenfield

Lovingston (county seat)

Masseys Mill, Montebello

Nellysford, Norwood

Piney River


Schuyler, Shipman

Incorporated cities in Virginia are independent of any county. Any of the above communities which are such are not under the jurisdiction of Nelson County, but are separate and complete independent cities.

*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Nelson County, Virginia


Nelson County official website

County Administrator
Post Office Box 336
Lovingston, VA 22949
434-263-7004 FAX

Lovingston is the County seat for Nelson County


Land area: 471 square miles
Elevation: from 300 feet near the James River to 4,000 feet in the mountains

The population of Nelson County was:
1970 - 11,702
1980 - 12,204
1990 - 12,778
1998 - 13,800
2000 - 14,942

Population Density: 31 persons per square mile

Median age - 37.10 years

Income: (1992)
Per capita income: $16,080
Household income: $23,705


Nelson County is located in central Virginia


Average rainfall: 44 inches per year
Average snowfall: 23 inches per year


Nelson County Library
Jefferson/Madison Regional Library
8521 Thomas Nelson Highway
P. O. Box 321
Lovingston, VA 22949-0321
Phone 434. 263.5904 | Fax: 434.263.5988


Nelson County Public Schools

Nelson County School Board
84 Courthouse Square
Lovingston, VA 22949-0276
Phone: (434) 263-7100
FAX: (434) 263-7115


Formed in 1807 from Amherst County, Nelson County was named for the third Governor of Virginia, Thomas Nelson, Jr. Nelson County found fame when Earl Hammer, Jr. Started to write of his experiences as a young man growing up here during the Depression. Later, his writings became the basis for the heartwarming Waltons TV series.
Hurricane Camille struck the county in 1969 causing much devastation. The recovery from the major hurricane also resulted in development of new attractions, industry and the resurgence of older industries, such as apple-growing.

Nelson County Historical Society
P. O. Box 474
Lovingston, VA 22949


Nelson County Cemeteries


Everything you need to know about Nelson County may be found on this site

Oakridge Estate - Great example of a Southern Plantation
Please call for more information, 804-263-8676
This plantation was built in 1802.

The Walton Museum
See reproductions of the "Walton Home" with many furnishings similar to what Earl Hammer Jr. Had in his original home in Schuyler. Located in the Village of Schuyler.
Call 804-831-2000 for more information.

Woodson's Mill
Woodson's Mill is one of the finest examples of a 19th century mill in the state of Virginia. Not only is it in good condition, but it is still operating! It was originally built in 1794 by Guiliford Campbell. At that time, it was known as the "Big Piney Mill."
The Mill is open for visits on Saturdays, 8 to 5. It is located on route 778 in nearby Lowesville. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation

Wintergreen Resort

Located high in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains
For information, vacation packages, lodging reservations, and conference information, please call: 800-266-2444

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