Situated in the heart of scenic Virginia Wine Country and less than half an hour from Charlottesville, Barboursville, VA has a long and storied history. The town is older than the United States itself, and the old Barboursville mansion (home of James Barbour, 19th governor of Virginia and the town’s namesake) is the only building in Orange County to be designed by founding father and third US president Thomas Jefferson. The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places, but hound-dog history buffs might also be interested in a leashed walk around a portion of the wider Madison-Barbour Rural District, an area that stretches between Barboursville and nearby Montpelier and incorporates many Federal and Georgian style homes, as well as some agricultural buildings and churches.
There’s no designated dog park in Barboursville, but you and your pooch are still sure to sniff out something to do! Barboursville Community Park is a lovely little spot for a leashed walk, and many local wineries allow pups at their tastings. You’re also close by to some furrifically Fido-friendly hiking options. In terms of pet care, there’s one veterinary clinic in Barboursville, and emergency services are available right in town. And if your furry friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find plenty of op-paw-tunities for off-leash adventure in the surrounding area!