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Farms and land in Lancaster County are popular buys for investors, developers, homebuyers and sportsmen because of its skilled workforce, natural resources and great location. Located in the Coastal region, it is adjacent to Richmond, Northumberland and Middlesex counties. The 231-square-mile county includes 98 square miles of water. The population is 10,783 residents, many of whom are retirees from other areas. Retail, manufacturing and construction are important components of the county’s economic base. Farmland encompasses 16,238 acres, and 92% of the agricultural sales are for crops. Some farmers convert fields into waterfowl impoundments during duck hunting season. Hunters also enjoy hunting deer and turkeys on public lands including Belle Isle State Park and Chilton Woods State Forest. Fishermen head to the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay depending on whether they are hankering for a saltwater or freshwater species. Other attractions include Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, Saint Mary’s Whitechapel, Irvington Steamboat Museum, White Stone Beach, Windmill Point Beach, golf courses, yacht clubs and area golf courses. Lancaster County Public Schools provides K-12 public education. Rappahannock Community College offers higher education.