Drive the roads where the hoofbeats of history reverberate… where Jack Jouett rode to save the lives of Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers; and where General George Custer made his first “last stand” at the Battle of Trevilian Station, one of the largest all-cavalry engagements of the Civil War. From the Revolutionary days through the Civil War, Louisa County has been in the heart of history.
For those looking for a faster pace, there are shopping, dining, and hotel accommodations at Zion Crossroads, conveniently located just off Interstate 64.
A tour of the county takes you down country roads where centuries old churches, gristmills and 200 pre-Civil War era homes dot the countryside, many of which are located in the beautiful Green Springs Historic District.
Theater & Fine Arts
Located in the Louisa Town Hall, the Louisa Arts Center is the cultural center of Central Virginia and home to the Purcell Gallery and the Cooke-Haley Theater. The gallery houses paintings, sculpture, and photography, and is open to the public on weekdays. The Cooke-Haley Theater offers a variety of musical and theatre performances.
The Muse Gallery and Studios
At The Muse Gallery and Studios, we are passionate about connecting artists and communities through Art and Art-related programming. We seek to empower artists through specialized services, courses in advanced technique development, and marketing efforts. For our customers, we utilize art to build community through classes and special events to connect them with local artists.
Take a tour of our local wineries, relax at a wine tasting, or enjoy one of the special events and mini festivals at the vineyards. Wine is a growing industry in Virginia; taste our wines and see why.
Louisa County hosts a range of events during all seasons. Sign up for monthly event news or view our online calendar.
Sargeant Museum of Louisa County History is located in the Town of Louisa and features six multi-media exhibits, including an orientation to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars in Louisa County. Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.(in season) Donations welcomed. Free.
Genealogy & Research
The Louisa County Historical Society’s archives and genealogy resources at the Sargeant Museum are available for research by appointment. The Society also has a public genealogy research room at the Louisa County Public Library. Visitors from across the country come each year to research their family roots. Louisa courthouse records date to 1742. www.louisahistory.org
Mineral Historic Foundation Museum
Mineral Historic Foundation Museum is located in the old Baptist church and tells the story of mining in and around Mineral, as well as the history of the town. Open for special town events and by appointment.
Forrest Green Farm
Providing Products and Education for Whole Living. A small, family farm located in Louisa, Virginia with a farm store open to the public Thursday through Sunday 9-5 year round. Our family is committed to supplying you with the best naturally and ecologically grown culinary & medicinal herb plants, heirloom vegetables plants, and flowers. Other herbal products include dried herbal teas, dip mixes, culinary seasonings, herbal first aid and other medicinal products. We raise grass-fed beef, pastured chicken eggs & whole chickens, and offer a winter CSA. Another specialty of Forrest Green Farm is our registered Polled Miniature Herefords and naturally grown horse hay. The Rahm family is committed to providing education for you to achieve Whole Living by teaching hands-on classes about gardening, cooking, preserving food, nutrition, family friendly herbalism, and pasture raised animals.
2317 Evergreen Rd.
Louisa, VA 23093
Animal Farms and Sanctuaries
Sorbie Farm Alpacas
At our farm we breed and raise alpacas. We welcome visitors of all ages to see and interact with these gentle, beautiful South American animals. Our facility includes a farm store that carries alpaca fleece products from yarn to finished garments. Come learn more about these creatures whose fleece rivals cashmere.
Project Perry / The Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary
The Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and sanctuary of parrots living in captivity. Our primary mission is to provide exceptional natural environments for our residents where they can enjoy the enrichment of flight and the togetherness of flock with excellent care provided by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Parrots and other exotic birds represent the largest population of captive wildlife in the U.S., and the need to protect them continues to grow. Our impact extends beyond our residents through outreach and education – helping to improve the lives of birds everywhere. We are one of six accredited parrot sanctuaries in the entire United States, accredited by both the American Sanctuary Association (ASA) and Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).
P.O. Box 1208
Louisa, VA 23093
Legacy Mustang Preservation
People Helping Mustangs. Mustangs Helping People. Legacy Mustang Preservation is on a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the American Mustang and promote the understanding, appreciation, and adoption of this distinctly American breed.
Do you have a taste for the great outdoors? Louisa County offers a wide variety for outdoor lovers! See Recreation Listings here.
Special Interest & History
The Battle of Trevilian Station was the largest all cavalry battle of the Civil War, fought in and around Trevilian Station just west of Louisa Courthouse. union forces lead by Maj. General Philip Sheridan and Brig. General George Armstrong Custer attempted to take over the Central Virginia Railroad and Trevilian Station, where they were met by Confederate forces lead by Maj. Generals Wade Hampton and Fitzhugh Lee. Official Civil War Trail signs guide a driving tour of the Battle of Trevilian Station and detailed tour brochures are available at the Sargeant Museum in Louisa or at www.trevbattleva.com
North Anna Power Station
North Anna generates 1,806 megawatts from its two units-enough to power 450,00 homes. The facility was named after the North Anna River, which was dammed to form the 9,600-acre Lake Anna reservoir and the 3,400-acre Waste Heat Treatment Facility, used to provide cooling water for the station. To see how electricity is generated and sent to your home, Dominion Virginia Power offers public tours at North Anna Power Station as part of its community information program. Allow approximately 1 – 2 hours for this fun and free tour.
Historic Green Springs
Green Springs National Historic Landmark District encompasses over 14,000 acres in the piedmont of Central Virginia. The 250 eighteenth and nineteenth century homes and farm lands are a continuum of Virginia rural vernacular architecture, reflective and respectful of their location, preserved in their original context with little alteration. Here the landscape has been enhanced, rather than despoiled, by the presence of civilization.
Town of Louisa Walking Tour
The Town of Louisa Walking Tours is a self-guided walking tour that departs from the Ogg Building next to the Louisa Historical Courthouse. On the tour is the Old Jail, Many historical homes and churches.The tour ends at the Old Oakland Cemetery 1870 which provided the last resting place for 94 marked graves who fought in the Battle of Trevilian Station 1864.
212 Fredericksburg Avenue
Louisa, VA 23093
Civil War Battlefield Driving Tour
Begin your auto tour in front of the Ogg Building which is the building next to and just west of the Louisa Court House. There is a Virginia Civil War Trails marker there. Visit www.trevilianstation.org for the text and photos to accompany your driving tour. Audio files to accompany this tour are at www.piedmontvahistory.org for the mp3 files.
Louisa courthouse records date to 1742. We are proud to offer such a valuable resource for your Genealogy research.
• Monticello, Home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville, VA
• Montpelier, Home of James & Dolley Madison, Montpelier Station
• Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of James Monroe, Charlottesville, VA
• Michie Tavern, Charlottesville VA
• Lake Anna State Park, Spotsylvania, Virginia ~ Lakefront picnic areas and wooded hiking trails are also popular. Lake Anna State Park has rental cabins, camping, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, lakeshore picnicking, a guarded swimming beach, a children’s play area, a boat ramp, a food concession stand, a bathhouse and a children’s and handicapped fishing pond.