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Sussex County Land

Land Represented by Virginia Real Estate & Development, Inc. in Sussex County, Virginia.

Land Available Residential
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Please contact Emily Warekois for Residential at 804-798-2440 or toll free 800-550-2440
Please contact Todd Pavkov for Commercial at 804-798-2440 or toll free 800-550-2440

Sussex County is located in the south central region of Virginia.  The county is 45 miles southeast of the capital city of Richmond, 25 miles from the tri-cities area that includes Petersburg and Hopewell.  Washington D.C. and Baltimore are within a few hours drive, while Boston and Atlanta are both within a day's drive. Sussex County encompasses 317,400 acre or 496 square miles.  The county lies in the Coastal Plain region on level to slightly rolling terrain.

Elevations range from 50 to 250 feet above sea level.  Drainage in the area is provided by the Nottoway River, Blackwater River and Stony Creek.

Sussex County has a rich heritage and it has a reputation for adhering to the tradition of family values and helping their neighbors. The work force in this county is known for being reliable, dedicated and able to adapt to changing technologies. The county farmlands have generated much of the county's economic success with a mixture of industry.  

Interstate 95, the East Coast's major north-south thoroughfare, bisects Sussex County.   The International Port of Hampton Roads, the largest natural deepwater harbor in the world, lies within 65 miles. The county's Wakefield Municipal Airport has a 4,350-foot paved, lighted runway with fuel available and an NDB instrument rating. CSX and Norfolk-Southern railroad serve the county with freight and piggyback and approximately 40 trucking firms serve industry within 50 miles of Sussex.

Local Economy

The local economy is based on agricultural and agricultural-related manufacturing.  Agriculture accounts for over one-half of the county's basic employment and more than a quarter of its total employment.  Other basic industries include manufactureing, peanut shelling, tourism and non-local government. 


Sussex County was formed in 1754 from Surry County and named after Sussex County, England.  Settlement of Sussex County started proir to 1700 when people began to move south of the Blackwater River.

Labor Force

Sussex's labor force is responsible, dedicated and able to adapt to changing technologies.  The labor market area includes the Appomattox Basin, the southern half of the Richmond-Petersburg metropolitan area.


Sussex County-10,100 (1995 estimate) Appomattox Basin Region-384,800 (1995 estimate)


There are 160 farms in Sussex with an average size of 517 acres accoding to the 1995 Agriculture Statistics.  Twenty-five percent of the County's land is devoted to agriculural production.  Principal crops are peanuts, cotton, corn, flue-cured tobacco, small grains and soybeans.  The market value of agricultural products in 1995 was $21 million.  Sussex ranks 17th among Virginia counties in total cash receipts from agricultural production.

Natural Resources

Eighty percent (250, 649 acres) of the county's land is commercial forest (99% privately owned).  The dominant softwoods species is loblolly pine.  The hardwoods are oak and hickory.

Groundwater is obtained from wells varying in depth from 550 feet in the west to 50 feet in the east.  Surface water consists of the main trubutaries of the Nottoway River in the northeast.

Mineral resources include sand and gravel, which have been commercially produced near Stony Creek, primarily for use in asphalt.  Clay has been produced near Waverly for use in brick and cement.  Marl has been extracted near Wakefield for agricultural use.  A heavy sands mineral deposit extends over 7 miles along State Route 619 and covers 4,600 acres in northwestern Sussex and southwestern Dinwiddie counties.

The valuable minerals are ilemininte and leucoxene (titaniuos bearing minerals primarily used for the manufacturying of paint pigment); rutile (also a titanium bearing mineral used by the aerospace industry and in making artificial joints and pacemakers); and zircon (used as a ceramic glaze and as regractory sand in steel manufacturing).

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