As a member of Virginia's Retreat, a 13-County tourism marketing consortium, Cumberland County is included on several stops of the self guided tours including Lee’s Retreat and the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail . Cumberland has many unique and interesting sites to visit throughout the County. From Historic Cartersville in the northern end of the County to High Bridge Trail State Park in the Southern end there is much to visit in throughout. Below are some of the more prominent places to visit while in Cumberland.
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This exciting trail is comprised of 25 stops with detailed audio and visual interpretation at each site. The self-guided driving tour allows you to enjoy the historical trail at your own pace. Cumberland has two stops along the trail including the historic High Bridge, and Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
The birthplace of the free public education system our country now enjoys has its roots right here in Southside Virginia.The self-guided driving tour allows you to enjoy the trail at your own pace. Cumberland has three stops along the trail including a Rosenwald School in Cartersville, Hamilton Highschool in Cartersville, and Jackson Davis school in Cumberland.
High Bridge Trail State Park is a multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 160 feet above the Appomattox River. The bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad. Four miles of the linear park were opened to the public Aug. 22, 2008, and 12 more miles were opened on June 6, 2009.
Bear Creek Lake State Park is the perfect getaway for the outdoor enthusiast. Activities center on the park's 40-acre lake complete with a boat launch, fishing pier, boat rentals and swimming beach. The park offers camping, cabins, a meeting facility, an archery range, lakeside picnicking, playgrounds, hiking and access to a 14-mile multi-use trail in the state forest.
Cumberland State Forest offers many natural pleasures including wildlife watching, hiking, biking or riding horseback along 16 miles of forest trails, canoeing, camping and swimming. There are four well stocked lakes, and the Willis River runs through the forest land as well. Two recognized historic figures left their mark in the State Forest: visit Oak Hill Cemetery and read the epitaph of Charles Irving Thornton written by Charles Dickens in 1842; one of only two he wrote. Also, a historical marker on the homestead site of Revolutionary War hero Jesse Thomas tells of his heroic ride on his horse "Fearnaught" through the night to warn the American patriots of approaching British forces.
Each year on the 3rd Saturday in April, Cumberland pauses to celebrate the Nation's "First Call for Independence" issued by Carter Henry Harrison on April 21, 1772 on the steps of the former Effingham Tavern in the Cumberland Courthouse village. It was Mr. Harrison's words that declared Cumberland the first county in Virginia, and that of the newborn Nation, to herald the call for our independence against the Great Britian. Each year Cumberland celebrates Patriot Day where Mr. Harrison's words are read aloud, and a fun day of fesitvities follows in recognizing this historical event. Vendors from the area and across the state come to sell arts, crafts, and food. There are games for children, pony rides, face painting, reenactors, live music, a car show and so much more.
Higgins Events at Northfield Plantation
Visit the website below to discover Higgins Events at Northfield Plantation.