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Amherst County Overview
God’s country. That’s how many people describe Amherst County. An abundance of natural beauty, low business and living costs, easy commutes, and its convenient location all add up to a great place to live and work.
Location: Amherst County is located near the geographic center of Virginia less than an hour south of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia and just north of the City of Lynchburg. The James River and the Blue Ridge Mountains border the county, and almost 30% of the county is national forest and the Appalachian Trail passes through Amherst. Living in Amherst, it’s easy to take advantage of the activities and resources that small and large cities have to offer.
Business: As one of the least expensive counties in Virginia, we offer companies predictable savings in operating costs. There are 3 industrial parks to choose from with available and affordable land with quick access to US 29, a 4 lane separated highway. The U.S. 29 corridor is the focal point for most commercial, industrial and residential development. Amherst County has a mix of businesses, including Glad/Clorox, Greif paper mill, steel fabricators, transportation, distribution, communications, health care, vineyards, orchards, and more. Both CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads serve the County. Companies in Amherst County agree the workforce has a strong work ethic and low absenteeism rates.
Archery: An archery niche has developed in Amherst with two archery companies (TruBall & Quality Archery Design) that are world renowned for their archery components for both hunting and competition. The gold medal Olympian in archery uses components made in Amherst.
Oldest Traffic Circle: The Town of Amherst has the oldest traffic circle in Virginia. You could call us early trendsetters!
Native Americans: The Monacan Nation, headquartered in Amherst County, has survived almost four hundred years since the first settlers landed at Jamestown. Today the tribe numbers nearly 1700 people, as more descendants discover their heritage and return to Amherst to celebrate their Indian culture. The Monacan Nation, one of the few American Indian nations that still remain in their ancestral homeland, has made significant contributions to Virginia’s history and development.
Leisure: Hiking, climbing, kayaking, camping, swimming, canoeing, fishing, biking – the list goes on. With the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Jefferson National Forest, the James and Piney rivers, and county parks, there are abundant outdoor opportunities for fun, exercise or relaxation.
Sweet Briar College: Sweet Briar College is a private, women’s liberal arts and sciences college founded in 1901 and occupying 3,250 acres in Amherst. It is consistently rated as one of the most beautiful campuses in America. Sweet Briar is one of only two women’s colleges to have an engineering program. http://www.sbc.edu/