The Seminole Trail, US 29, meanders south from the Washington suburb of Warrenton, to Culpeper, then along the campus of The University of Virginia, across the Tye River into Amherst County. The trail then continues on south crossing the North Carolina line and works its way to Florida. Its name is a mystery because the Seminole Indians are not indigenous to Virginia and did not use this route. Many feel that it was named so travelers from the north would travel this route to Florida. The idea worked, and now Washingtonians use it for second home and vacation destinations.
Realtors© along the Seminole Trail talk about the commercial and residential development path they have encountered. Twenty years ago it was Warrenton. Today it is Culpeper and Madison Counties. High density growth always pushes those who want seclusion to newer locations. With much chagrin from the local natives, Amherst County is responding to that void.
Amherst County is not known for its haute cuisine, but if you like good old fashioned home cooked food try Dudley’s in Madison Heights. – Tell Della that I sent you. Just north of SR 130 on US 29 is Berkley’s. – Tell Dot that I sent you there, you now know I like home cooked food. If you are a barbecue person, the Best Bet Mini-Mart in Faulconerville has a small restaurant with great chicken and barbecue. The Briar Patch in Amherst is regionally known and made headlines because it was frequented by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It is moderately priced, pleasant setting, and has an extensive lunch and dinner menu.
The Garlic Festival is the festival of all festivals. Starting in 1990 by Rebec Vineyards, it has utilized the Seminole Trail to bring good wine, music, and food with a garlic taste in a lively fashion.