Since its inception in 1777, Fluvanna has been a rural farming county. Over the years, just as fortunes were made and lost, social constructs changed, wars were fought and inventions created, so has farming transformed.
Fewer large farms remain. As children raised on farms saw how hard their parents worked and opportunities elsewhere beckoned, there was no one to take over the operation.
Often family farms were sold off in parcels that attracted people who wanted to get away from city life. In the late 20th century, many longed for a home away from it all. It often consisted of a couple acres – just enough on which to build a house and have a big yard for a dog or a garden.
There are still farmers who plant acres of one crop to take to market, but slowly there is a change happening.