September 13, 2011
The University of Virginia doesn't operate a farm, but it does have its mark on a farm in Orange County.
Liberty Mills Farm is home to the largest corn maze in Central Virginia and one of the largest in the nation. With six miles of walking paths over 20 acres of corn, it's easy to get lost among the tall stalks.
“Guests, when they walk through the maze can expect to get lost,” said Kent Woods, who admits even he and wife, Evie, get lost sometimes.
Last year, the farm challenged Virginia college students to visit sporting their school colors. Evie says UVa won that challenge and was rewarded with the V-Sabre logo carved in a one-acre space next to Mt. Rushmore in the 2011 version of the ever-changing maze.
“To put that into perspective, it took 40,000 kernels of corn to plant this area that the logo was cut out of,” Kent explained.
While the V-Sabre logo is only a small section of the maze, it still holds plenty of challenges. There are 14 questions in the logo section, and the challenge is finding each one, answering it correctly and then unscrambling the letters to get a secret answer.
“Win tickets to the Virginia-Virginia Tech football game,” Evie said. “It could take a few hours so we thought a nice reward would be a chance to win tickets.”
Other trivia games, like the Founding Fathers Hole Punches, could take as many as three hours. But don't worry, the Woods family jokes that no one has been left there overnight.
The Liberty Mills Farm corn maze will be open through Halloween. Admission is $10 for children over the age of 2 and adults. To find more information on operating hours and tickets, click on the link below.