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Founded in 1887 with the merging of Hicksford and Belfield, Emporia is a historical city with an ideal location. Called “The Southern Gateway to Virginia,” Emporia has long been known as a transportation crossroads. Emporia, Virginia land and farms sit just 8 miles from the border of North Carolina and offer access to U.S. Routes 58, 301, and I-85. Emporia also marks the intersection of a major north-south CSX railway and a Norfolk Southern east-west line, making it an ideal place for industrial development. The current biggest industries in Emporia are food and industrial manufacturing, with the largest employers including Boars Head Provisions Company, SteelFab, Inc., and Beach Mold and Tool of Virginia. City government economic development plans are currently working to facilitate investments in new businesses and grow the local economy.
Land and farms in Emporia, Virginia include beautiful historic estates and new developments of all sizes and price ranges. Other opportunities include beautiful rural farms, acreages, recreational land, and commercial land. Emporia hosts several annual festivals and events throughout the year, including musical performances hosted by the River Arts Council year-round, the annual Virginia Pork Festival hosted every second Wednesday in June, and the Virginia Peanut Festival every last week of September. Emporia is a cycling destination with hundreds of bicyclists traveling to the city every year for the annual Great Peanut ride across the city. Emporia Virginia land and farms are also conveniently located by the nearby Emporia Lake and Meherrin River, which offer fishing spots stocked with largemouth bass, white crappie, sunfish, blueback herring, alewives, and shad.