What would Virginia be without its charming small towns? These unique places contribute to our state’s history and charm and yet some of them can go undetected unless you happen to drive through them. With that being said, we’d like to highlight some towns in Virginia that are truly teeny tiny. Next time you’re passing through, you’ll definitely want to stop and say hello.
With a population of approximately 150, Heathsville is something of hidden gem in Virginia’s Northern Neck. The tiny town can be accessed by Route 360 and stands as a testament to the area’s history. As you can tell by the above photograph, it’s a wonderful place to catch a sunset or enjoy a picnic.
Scottsville is tucked away in the scenic Albemarle County and has a population of just over 500. Despite its small size, this town has much historical significance. In fact, it once served as the state’s capital during a brief period in the 1700s. Located along the James River, Scottsville is equal parts beautiful and enjoyable, whether for a temporary visit or a longer stay. And with Charlottesville nearby, there’s plenty to do here.
The town of Upperville can be found in Northern Virginia, approximately 50 miles from Washington D.C. Similar to the nearby town of Middleburg, Upperville is known for its pristine landscapes and thoroughbred horse breeding farms. The town also has an extensive history, as it was the site of two battles during the Civil War.
Buchanan, located in Botetourt County, is home to just over 1,000 Virginia residents. This town has been incorporated since 1832 and includes a beautiful historic district. One of the most unique features of this small town is its swinging bridge. The piers of this bridge were built back in 1851 to connect Buchanan to the town opposite the James River.
The town of Alberta is tucked away in Brunswick County of southern Virginia. This teeny town has a population of approximately 300 and hosts a campus of Southside Virginia Community College. Another noteworthy site is Hobson’s Choice, a historic home that was built in 1794.
6. New Kent
The county seat of New Kent County, the town of New Kent has a population of just under 250. This friendly small town is home to several historic landmarks, including St. Peter’s Church and George G. Watkins High School.
Ladysmith is considered to be an unincorporated community, although it contains a historic post office which has been in operation since 1928. Located in the heart of Virginia, Ladysmith is a rural gem that is believed to be named for Miss Smith, an original owner of the area.
Located in Westmoreland County, Montross has a population of roughly 300 and is the county seat of Westmorland County. It’s another historic and beautiful Northern Neck town and is situated near the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Its history dates back to the Revolutionary War, during which time the Old Westmoreland Court House was the site of some noteworthy happenings.
The town of Madison has a population of less than 250 and is the county seat of Madison County. Despite its modest size and population, this tiny town is home to a number of National Historic Sites. Some of these include the Madison County Courthouse (photographed above), and the historic farm known as Woodbourne.
With a population of over 4,000, Berryville is the largest small town on our list. Even so, it’s relatively unknown outside of the lucky residents who live here. George Washington himself surveyed the land that currently makes up the area of Berryville. By 1810, the town had developed a couple of taverns, twenty homes, and an apothecary.
11. Big Island
You’ll find the area known as Big Island in northern Bedford County. With a population of roughly 300, the small community has an incredibly scenic location along the James River. The area itself is not an island but is named for the island upstream, which is currently uninhabited.
What the small town of Ewing lacks in size is definitely made up for in natural beauty. The 500 (or so) residents that live here enjoy proximity to beautiful hiking trails, Wilderness State Park, and an awe-inspiring natural sand cave. Ewing is one of the most western towns in Virginia and is located near the border of both Kentucky and Tennessee.
What did you think about these tiny towns in Virginia? Are you lucky enough to call any of these spots home? Be sure to share your experiences with us!