Amherst County blends the best of rural and suburban living with thriving businesses, agriculture, local industries, the beautiful campus and educational opportunities at Sweet Briar College, quaint small towns and shopping areas, and wonderful residential neighborhoods.
Nestled along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Amherst County offers unique B & Bs, wineries, golf courses, County lakes and parks, campgrounds, 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the George Washington National Forest, Mt. Pleasant National Scenic Area, the historic James River and the James River Heritage Trail, ATV trails, Blue Ridge Rail Trail, and High Peak Hang Gliding. Perfect for boating, swimming, fishing, hunting, biking, camping, birding, golfing, shopping and antiquing, and just relaxing.
Amherst County is just minutes north of Lynchburg, 1 hour northeast of Roanoke, 45 minutes south of Charlottesville, 30 miles east of Lexington, 3 hours south of Washington, DC, and 2 hours west of Richmond.
We have received word that Governor Northam has declared a Stay At Home Order for the State of Virginia. This means that if you can stay home, do it. You can go out for groceries and medical emergencies but please stay home to help us flatten this curve.
We at the Chamber wlll be working from home, if you have any questions you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can do this if we all work together, please stay home if you are feeling unwell.
Our valued members and community, we are in very uncertain times. While we may not know exactly what is ahead, what we do know is that our community is resilient. We have seen this many times in the past. We know that our community comes together to support those who need it, and will continue to do so in times like these. We know that our community, our businesses, and our county are strong.
We ask that, if you can, you continue to support small businesses. We ask that if you can, you support our non-profits that work to lessen the impact felt during this time on some of our most vulnerable citizens. We ask that you keep yourself, and your family safe.
We will be closing the Visitor Center and the Chamber of Commerce to outside visitors effective immediately. We want to keep our community, and our staff safe. If you need to reach us, please email us at email@example.com or call our office (434.946.0990).
Please use caution and follow all guidelines outline by the Center for Disease Control and your Local Authorities.
Support Local Businesses:
Arby’s – Drive through available call (434) 528-3546.
Blue Mountain Barrel House - Curbside to go and delivery (where available) call (434) 263-4002 to place an order.
Briar Patch Restaurant - Curbside to go and delivery (where available) call (434) 946-2246 or go to briarpatchtogo.com to place an order.
La Carreta #2 - Take out available call (434) 846-6079.
La Carreta #6 - Curbside to go, call (434) 846-2248 to place an order.
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill – Drive through available call (434) 846-8613.
Dominos - Order delivery (where available) call (434) 946-0606 or go to dominos.com/en/ to place an order.
Dudley's Family Style Restaurant – Take out available call (434) 845-5345.
The Filling Station - Curbside to go call (434) 381-2051 to place an order.
Hardee’s – Drive through available call (434) 846-3212.
KFC – Drive through available call (434) 845-9283.
Little Caesars Pizza – Drive through and take out available call (434) 845-8845.
Loose Shoe Brewing Company – Curbside pick up for beer is available, call (434) 946-2337
McDonald’s – Drive through available call (434) 528-5449.
Merredith’s Restaurant – Take out available call (434) 845-2991.
New Yamazato Japanese Resturant – Take out available call (434) 929-8888.
Number One Wok – Take out available call (434) 946-2828.
Ollie – Take out available call (434) 847-6888.
Original Italian Pizza & Restaurant – Take out available call (434) 929-0244.
Panda House – Take out available call (434) 845-8899.
Papa John - Order delivery (where available) (434) 528-1122 or online at https://www.papajohns.com/ to place an order.
Pizza Hut – Take out and delivery (where available) call (434) 846-0459.
Subway – Drive through and take out available call (434) 845-7827.
Taco Bell – Drive through available call (434) 847-4940.
Vito's Pizza Bar and Grill - Curbside to go, call (434) 381-6030 or vitospizzagrill.com to place an order.
Support Small Buisnesses in Downtown Lynchburg - downtownlynchburg.com/support-safely
Amherst County Public Schools - Valuable information regarding the schools in Amherst County at http://www.amherst.k12.va.us/COVID19.
Amherst County - Closures and Cancellations https://www.countyofamherst.com/egov/apps/document/center.egov?view=item;id=4971
Center for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html (updated regularly)
How to protect yourself - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
How to properly wash your hands - https://cnaclassesnearme.com/how-to-properly-wash-your-hands/
Member One Federal Credit Union - https://www.memberonefcu.com/coronavirus-communication
Small Business Alliance - https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
Small Business Resources - https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/small-business-resources-for-surviving-coronavirus/amp
Virginia Department of Health - http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/
World Health Organization - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Those in Need:
Amherst Cares -
Amherst Cares helps support families in Amherst County who are food insecure. They are in need of donations to continue their efforts. Their needs are listed below, food can be dropped of at Emmanuel United Meth Church, 401 North Main in the town of Amherst.
Cans of Chef Boyardee type products such spaghetti & meatballs, lasagna, etc
Ramen style noodles in beef and chicken
- Small containers of fruits and applesauce
- Cans of beans and franks
- Vienna sausages
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Amherst Cares and send to the following:
P. O. Box 451
Amherst, Va. 24521
Blue Ledge, Inc. - Meals on Wheels of Amherst County - http://www.blueledge.org/
Neighbors Helping Neighbors - https://www.nhnamherst.org/
News Releases & Public AnnouncementsThe Amherst County Chamber of Commerce ("Amherst County Chamber") wants to roll out a welcome mat for Amherst County visitors by occupying the rehabilitated Train Depot to operate a visitors center. By late summer or fall, the Train Depot hopefully will be ready to open its doors.
Since 2002, the Amherst County Chamber has championed this project in hopes of driving visitors to Amherst destinations and businesses. In fact, when Virginia Department of Transportation ("VDOT") grant funds were awarded, VDOT described the grant as a "Welcome Center with a Community Room and Chamber of Commerce offices." A visitors center is a vital step in opening up our borders to tourism and serving as the northern gateway to Region 2000.Operation of the visitors center is a natural fit for the Amherst County Chamber. In addition to providing business advocacy-related services, the Amherst County Chamber actively promotes tourism with community events like its spring and fall Amherst Cruise-In Car Show. In April, the Amherst County Chamber hosted its annual business appreciation dinner, recognizing top businesses in the County. Most recently, on May 19, the Amherst County Chamber hosted the local WSLS news broadcast from Sweet Briar College which included live interviews with Mayor Paul Kilgore and County Board Supervisor Claudia Tucker.
Last winter the Amherst County Chamber hired a new office manager, Vanessa Angus, who has been working with the Virginia Tourism Corporation to create a certified visitors center. With strong marketing and communications experience, Mrs. Angus continues to build an active social media presence for the Amherst County Chamber which highlights the county's wonderful attributes. The Amherst County Chamber's website, www.amherstvachamber.com, draws approximately 4,000 visits each month and its Facebook announcements of Amherst County Happenings reach over 2,500 people each week.
As we approach the finish line, the Amherst County Chamber
needs your help. Please contact your representative on the Board of Supervisors and voice support for the Chamber occupying and operating a visitors center at the Train Depot. Help us generate revenue for businesses and tax dollars for the County. As a citizen, you have the ability to change the path for Amherst County.
Thank you for your support!