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Charlotte County land and farms appeals to businesses, investors and sportsman because of the rural setting, low wages, skilled workforce and location in south central Virginia. Located in the Piedmont, land in Charlotte County is adjacent to Prince Edward, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Halifax, Campbell and Appomattox counties. The 478-square-mile county has a population of 11,938. Farming, lumbering and manufacturing form the bulk of its economic base. Top private employers include Genesis Products Inc., Morgan Lumber Company Inc., U.P.S., W&L Mail Service, Inc. and Ontario Hardwood Company. Farmland covers 121,667 acres of which 37% remains as woodlands. Livestock and poultry are 62% of agricultural sales. Buggs Island Lake is a favorite of anglers and known for its striped bass, a migratory species landlocked in the lake. Staunton River, aka Roanoke River, also is a hit with fishermen. Hunters enjoy hunting both private and public land in the county due to its sparse population and abundance of deer, turkeys and small game. Other outdoor attractions include Virginia Wildlife & Birding Trail and Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial. Henry is buried on the property, and his plantation home now operates as a museum. The Roanoke visitor center is a railroad depot that displays exhibits on Native Americans and railroad history. Charlotte County Public Schools provides K-12 public education. Southside Virginia Community College offers higher learning.