Over ninety staff members, at Blue Ridge Medical Center, including six physicians and three nurse practitioners, provide 10,000 patients annually with top-of-the-line primary and preventive care, which is our daily objective and is paramount to successfully addressing our mission to provide patient centered quality health care to all people in Nelson County and neighboring communities; and to improve their general health and well-being through prevention, education, and treatment. Learn more about our providers here! Blue Ridge Medical Center is a level three certified Patient Centered Medical Home facility.
Our Vision is that Blue Ridge Medical Center is a vital, vibrant health center which is recognized as the preferred provider of primary health care for people in the community and which accomplishes access to primary care and equalized disparities in health outcomes for all people of our service area.
Arrington is a census-designated place (CDP) in Nelson County, Virginia. Mitchell's Brick House Tavern was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Nelson County is located in Central Virginia midway between the metropolitan areas of Charlottesville and Lynchburg. The county has a total area of 471 square miles. It is bordered on the south and east by the James River and on the north and west by the Blue Ridge Mountains. A large portion of the western section of the county is in the George Washington National Forest.
Located in the geographic center of the state, Nelson County is approximately two hours from Richmond, three hours from Washington, D.C. and four hours from Charlotte, North Carolina. The climate is moderately warm in the summers, with temperatures averaging about 77 degrees in July. Winters are moderately cool, with temperatures in January averaging about 38 degrees.
Nelson County Public Schools is a Virginia public school division. It operates two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The middle and high schools are connected and located just outside Lovingston, Virginia.
Nelson County strives to retain its rich rural heritage while developing businesses and services that complement the natural beauty and enhance the quality of life for those who live in it.
There are abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation available in all parts of the county, from the top of the weathered Blue Ridge peaks down to the wide bends of the James River. These options include hiking along the Appalachian Trail or to the top of Crabtree Falls (the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River) and excellent Snowboarder in Nelson County canoeing or fishing on the James or Tye Rivers; and cycling on U.S. Bicycle Route 76 or one of the many Virginia Scenic Byways. Additionally, one of the boundaries of Nelson County is milepost zero of the Blue Ridge Parkway which closely mirrors Nelson County’s northwestern border for 30 miles.
Wintergreen Resort is a four-season resort with many amenities. For the golfer, there are two golf courses: a mountain course (Devil’s Knob – residents & guests only) and a valley course (Stoney Creek). Skiing and snow tubing are popular in the winter with 26 slopes and trails. Several restaurants and lodging choices are available along with conference facilities. The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen offers many programs and, during the summer, the Wintergreen Performing Arts series provides a variety of musical programs.
Visit the Walton’s Mountain Museum in Schuyler, boyhood home of Earl Hamner, Jr., creator of The Walton’s TV show. Oakland Museum is located in an old tavern; it houses exhibits on Rural Electrification, Nelson County’s Schools and Hurricane Camille, a Category 5 hurricane that devastated Nelson County in 1969. The Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center works hard to preserve the natural, historical, ecological and agricultural resources of the Rockfish Valley.
The restaurants and dining options offer a variety of foods with many offering Virginia grown products and are also locally-owned and operated. The Monticello Artisan’s Trail (Nelson and Albemarle Counties) links the many varied arts under a unique umbrella for marketing their products. The organization connects the studios, galleries, and retail shops selling art with points of interest, restaurants and lodging in the area. Many country stores provide a variety of deli foods, fishing and hunting licenses and other services to their communities. Visitors can also peruse eclectic antique stores that are located throughout the county.