A 21st Century Community in the rural foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Located at the intersection of Stagebridge Trail and Stagebridge Road
(Nelson Co., Va. Route 623), 5 miles north of Lovingston, VA

Rockfish River
Official Web Page for Nelson County

Events Calendar

LexisONE links to Virginia Offices and Departments

Nelson County community planning
(a not-for-profit private organization)

Assorted Nelson County Links

Friends of the Rockfish River (right)





Welcome to Nelson County!




Nelson County is located south of Albemarle County and is primarily mountainous in character. Many of the larger, more spectacular farms tend to be along the county's many rivers, incorporating the rich bottomland associated with them. Wild and wonderful might summarize a quick drive through of the county but one could easily miss some of the magnificent properties tucked away on quiet country roads. Nelson County is ideal for anyone who is desirous of privacy since it is still so undeveloped yet within easy reach of Charlottesville. It's County seat, Lovingston is quite charming with many historic buildings and antique shops and is located about 30 minutes from Charlottesville.”
"The Blue Ridge Mountains, George Washington National Forest, Crabtree Falls, the James River: you're invited to experience adventure in this 471-square-mile playground of unspoiled natural beauty. Take time to explore Nelson County by car, bicycle, boat or on foot. Tour a vineyard or an orchard, fish in well-stocked trout streams, rest at a country inn, visit unique shops and attractions, meet talented artisans- and of course, take in the sublime scenery. Treat yourself to Wintergreen Resort, where every season creates a new menu of activities and indulgences - from golf and tennis and skiing, to nature walks and spa repose. Rich in history, Nelson County is home to such 18th and 19th century treasures as Woodson's Mill and the elegantly restored Oak Ridge Estate."
"On the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Nelson County is located an easy 30 miles from the cities of Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Staunton. Bordered on the west by the Blue Ridge Parkway and on the east by the James River, making for a varied topography ranging from rugged mountainous terrain to gently sloping river banks."
Generally about Nelson County*
- Median age is just between 35 and 40
- Population of almost 15,000 ... virtually split evenly between genders
- 70% of households have families; however couples with no children are increasingly common
- Population density of only 30 persons/sq.mile - as compared to Charlottesville (500); VA avge (180)
- Per Capita Peronal Income of ~$22,000 with an annual growth rate of 4/6% (1999-2001)
- Cost of living is below both State and National averages
- Unemployment rate is below national average; recent job growth is higher
- Air and Watershed qualities are both significantly over both State and National averages



Comparative Tax Rates for the Region*
Tax Nelson Rate Albemarle (Charlottesville) Rates Lynchburg Area Rates
Real Estate 72 cents per $100 $0.76 per $100 Lynchburg City $1.11
Bedford City $0.80
Amherst County $0.66
Appomattox County $0.81
Bedford County $0.66
Campbell County $0.52
Personal Property $2.95 per $100 $4.28 per $100

Lynchburg $3.30
Bedford City $1.80
Amherst County $2.85
Appomattox County $4.05
Bedford County $8.50
Campbell County $3.60

Machinery & Tools $1.25 per $100 $4.28 per $100  
Lodging 2%   5.5%
Food & Beverage 4% 4% 5.5%
Pristine air and water quality




Nelson County demographics from FedStats
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