Scottsville is gifted with a unique cultural and historical heritage. The history of settlement in early America and westward expansion are the history of Scottsville. It was a major river port in the trade of goods and produce in the mid-1800s. Scottsville's history is linked with the history and geography of the James River. Scottsville was established prior to the founding of the nation itself, and grew and prospered as a hub of commerce and transportation in early America. Scottsville's Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
Today, Scottsville is a thriving community with river adventures, outdoor entertainment, and a largest collection of Greek Revival Architecture. “AAA World” includes Scottsville as one of the Atlantic's "Most Pacific Places", stating: "It is a simple place, made by a beautiful river, absent of crowds, with the architecture and authenticity of a working small town."
The gracious tradition of Virginia hospitality is at its best in Scottsville. Fine dining and down-home cooking are both available. Scottsville is home to a number of charming bed and breakfasts and fine restaurants, each with its own unique history and character. A wide array of shops line the downtown streets within easy walking distance of one another.