At a Glance

Opened in 1967, Winton Country Club in Amherst, Va. is situated on the registered historical estate of Sarah Henry, the mother of Patrick Henry, with the Blue Ridge Mountains providing a backdrop for its signature 16th century club house. The expansive property features an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and a swimming pool in addition to a newly renovated restaurant, Smokehouse Henry’s, and a dedicated banquet facility, the historic Sarah Henry Manor. While Winton maintains a small-town feeling, it is conveniently located within a short drive of Lynchburg and Charlottesville.

The Full Story

Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Winton is nestled both physically and historically in central Virginia. The recorded history of the property dates back to a land grant in the early 1700s. Notably, Patrick Henry’s mother, Sarah Winston Syme Henry, lived at Winton and is buried in the cemetery on the grounds. Her legacy is preserved in her former home, the Sarah Henry Manor, which now hosts elegant events throughout the year and is on the list of National Historical Places..

Today’s Winton Country Club is the result of a bequest of Mr. Keene C. Brown. He gave the property to the County of Amherst under the condition that the property be leased to a corporation and operated as a private membership club. Winton Country Club was incorporated in 1967 and continues to operate under a long-term lease from Amherst County. Throughout the property, Winton offers an 18-hole golf course, a junior Olympic swimming pool, an on-site restaurant and a historic banquet facility.

Designed by Ed Ault and opened for play in 1970, the 18-hole golf course features large Bent and Poa Annua grass greens and Bermuda grass fairways and is rated 71.2 with a slope rating of 123. Five sets of tees range in length from 5300 yards to more than 6800 yards, making it an enjoyable course for all skill levels.

Home to the Patriots Swim Team, the Winton Swimming Pool is packed from Memorial Day to Independence Day. With night swim and a variety of events scattered throughout the season, the pool is the perfect, family-friendly way to spend a summer.

The on-site restaurant, Smokehouse Henry’s, serves up everything from garden salads and grilled chicken sandwiches to burgers and hot dogs. With a patio overlooking the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, Smokehouse Henry’s is a member favorite for relaxing with friends and family.

With a tree-lined driveway leading to a picturesque white, two-story Georgian-style home, Sarah Henry Manor is the perfect host of any event, no matter how large or small. The manor still holds many artifacts from Sarah Henry, all of which are complemented by the well-preserved architectural detail of the home. The manor features a large ballroom, covered deck, several smaller event rooms.

If you are interested in Winton Country Club, email us at or call us at 434-946-7336.