Longwood University’s brochure on Hull Springs Farm in Westmoreland County suggests the farm is a “living, breathing outdoor classroom for educational events, research and other programs.”
One visit to the farm is enough to convince anyone their lives can be enriched by engaging in one of the many programs that will be conducted here as a who’s who of Longwood University and Hull Springs Farm appeared at a Thursday dedication of a new wing of education for Longwood University through the Longwood University Foundation.
The owner of Hull Springs Farm was Mary Farley Ames Lee, a 1938 graduate of Longwood University located in Farmville, which boasts being the third oldest University in the US. She bequeathed Hull Springs Farm to the Longwood University Foundation.
The farm’s 663 acres with 8,400 ft. of shoreline has 400 acres of forest habitats, 160 acres of active cropland and 214 acres of wetlands, making the property a microcosm of the finest and widest variety of environmental offerings in the Northern Neck region.
Students at Longwood University’s anthropology, biology, ecology, mammalogy, archeology and ornithology departments gain valuable hands-on types of experience and education during extended field trips to the farm and current plans are to host educational opportunities for a wide variety of colleges, schools and universities such as William and Mary, VCU, Virginia Tech and more.