The Piedmont region of central Virginia features an iconic pastoral landscape set against the dramatic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The rural area’s strong agricultural and sporting roots are balanced with sophisticated and engaging towns and regional cities. Together they create a distinct sense of place with a uniquely Virginian identity. In the middle of it all is Orange County and Linden Farm. The farm is surrounded by mostly large landholdings comprised of working farms and recreational and equestrian properties. The area has a rich history, and the European settlement of Orange County stretches back three hundred years. James Madison’s Montpelier is located minutes from the farm and numerous Civil War battles took place nearby, including one of the war’s turning points, the Battle of the Wilderness.
Forty-five minutes south of Linden Farm is Charlottesville, a lively university town with vibrant music, art, and food & wine scenes. The countryside between the farm and Charlottesville is both scenic and dynamic, filled with traditional working lands, sporting properties, country estates, and vineyards. It’s an area that checks all the boxes often requested by our clients – rural, scenic, engaging, and easily accessible by car and plane.
Ninety minutes away, our nation’s capital provides an excellent counterpoint to the farm’s rural setting. In recent years Washington, D.C. has gained a reputation as being far more than a government town and is widely recognized as a vibrant city, business center, and cultural destination.
One of the standout features of the farm is its convenient location and overall accessibility. The nearest towns are Orange (12 minutes away, population 4,975) and Culpeper (25 minutes away, population 18,342), which together feature a wide array of amenities. Forty-five minutes south of the farm is Charlottesville, a small, dynamic city that’s home to the University of Virginia. Richmond and Washington, D.C. are also within easy driving distance and can be reached in 90 minutes.
Orange: 8 miles ~12 minutes
Culpeper: 16 miles ~25 minutes
Charlottesville: 36 miles ~50 minutes
Richmond: 77 miles ~1 hour 25 minutes
Washington DC: 85 miles ~1 hour 30 minutes
Options for air travel are similarly varied and convenient. Charlottesville-Albemarle is the nearest commercial airport featuring multiple daily nonstop flights to hubs throughout the eastern U.S. Richmond International Airport and Dulles International Airport can be reached in 90 minutes or less, and together offer nonstop access to 103 domestic and 52 international destinations. Private air access is also close at hand, including Orange County Airport (3,200 ft runway) and Culpeper Regional Airport (5,000 ft runway), which are 10 minutes and 25 minutes from the farm, respectively.
Orange County Airport (OMH): 8 miles ~10 minutes
Culpeper Regional Airport (CJR): 16 miles ~25 minutes
Charlottesville (CHO): 26 miles ~45 minutes
Central Virginia enjoys an agreeable four-season climate. Summers are warm and humid, and average temperatures in July and August are in the upper 80’s and low 90’s. Winter temps are generally in the 40’s, although they frequently dip lower for short periods in January and February.
Spring and fall showcase Virginia at its best, and the brilliantly green countryside in May and stunning foliage of October are hard to compete with. During these seasons, temperatures consistently reach the 70’s during the daytime and cool off into the 50’s at night. Average annual rainfall is 43 inches and average annual snowfall is 19 inches.