Homesteading in Virginia

Homesteading in Virginia – here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

homesteading in virginia

Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $4,320


Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!

Pros: Virginia is ag-friendly. It is fairly pro personal freedom. It does not have any resource/water issues. No Va is part of a very wealthy population that helps us turn a good profit on our products.

Cons: Hot summers. Unpredictable bipolar seasons make planting endeavors difficult. NoVa land is some of the most expensive in the nation. A lot of people live there. Strong military presence (for the preppers).

Bebe, 11 acres


Pros:  It has the ocean on one side of the state and mountains on the other.  The taxes are cheaper than where we were living before in the Northeast.

Cons:  Mostly clay soil here, which can be good and bad.  Too close to Washington DC.  We would like to have a community homestead on our property and we most likely won’t be able to do everything that we would like to do… if we had a bigger property maybe. 

Claire, 21 acres


8 thoughts on “Homesteading in Virginia

  • July 15, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Claire, please tell me more about your idea of a community homestead….
    It’s a project I would like to look more into… Maybe we could swap ideas. I live in Franklin County Va

    • April 23, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      Yes, I would like to have a small piece of land to put a toy house on,large enough to house some family members who are down on their luck.

      • April 23, 2018 at 5:28 pm

        I, would like to have a piece of land large enough to help some family members who are down on their luck,my goal is to build a tiny house.

  • January 11, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Virginia is a state were considering for homesteading. Do you have any more comments for it.

    • January 12, 2016 at 6:07 am

      Hi Jean – only the comments people have added so far…. but i will ask for more.

    • April 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      No not at this time.

  • December 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Not a homesteader yet, but one pro would be that the homeschool laws seem to be lax. When my parents had to withdraw my brother from private school for medical reasons and homeschool him (8 years ago maybe), they only had to declare their intention to homeschool at the beginning of the school year, and then towards April or May he had to take an achievement test to prove he was at or above grade level. Sounds reasonable. Not sure if it changed any.

  • February 5, 2018 at 9:21 am

    My wife and I moved to Southside Va. 6 years ago and evolved our 40 acres into a working homestead. We grow all of our own vegetables, have chickens for both eggs and meat, raise one or two pigs every year and harvest deer and other wild game as needed. Taxes in rural Va are much less than most populated areas and land prices are reasonable with large tracts going from 2000-3000 per acre depending on timber value. Been as hot as 100 during the summer and we registered -3 one morning this winter, so wide range. Summers can be dry, so an alternative water source for growing is a plus. Soil varies a lot with red clay, fertile dark soil, and Everything in between. Hope this helps.


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