Clarksville, Virginia

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Clarksville, Virginia
Town of Clarksville
Clarksville welcome sign
Clarksville welcome sign
Official logo of Clarksville, Virginia
Town logo
Virginia's Only Lakeside Town
Location of Clarksville in Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Location of Clarksville in Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Clarksville is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°37′20″N 78°33′44″W / 36.62222°N 78.56222°W / 36.62222; -78.56222
Latitude and Longitude:

36°37′20″N 78°33′44″W / 36.62222°N 78.56222°W / 36.62222; -78.56222
Country  United States
State  Virginia
County Mecklenburg [1]
IncorporatedFebruary 20, 1821
(199 years ago)
Named forClarke Royster
 • Total2.95 sq mi (7.64 km2)
 • Land2.91 sq mi (7.54 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
361 ft (110 m)
 ( 2010)
 • Total1,139
 • Estimate 
(2019) [3]
 • Density400.55/sq mi (154.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 ( Eastern (EST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 434
FIPS code51-16992 [4]
GNIS feature ID1492773 [5]
Website Official website

Clarksville is a town in Mecklenburg county in the U.S. state of Virginia, near the southern border of the commonwealth. The population was 1,139 at the 2010 census. Since the town has numerous buildings of the 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century architecture, the downtown area of Clarksville has been designated a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia's Historic Register. Clarksville claims the title of Virginia's only Lakeside town. [6] Nearby the town of Clarksville is Occoneechee State Park.

The town is located on Kerr Lake, which is also known as Buggs Island Lake. The 50,000-acre (202 km2) lake is popular for boating and fishing; especially for catfish and many varieties of freshwater bass including largemouth bass, striped bass and crappie.

The Virginia Lake Festival is held annually at Clarksville during the third weekend of July. The town often attracts approximately 80,000 visitors during this three-day event, formerly and colloquially known as "Lakefest". It culminates with a fireworks show on the lake.

The festival has been named among the "Top Twenty Festivals In The Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society for many years.


Clarksville is located at 36°37′20″N 78°33′44″W / 36.62222°N 78.56222°W / 36.62222; -78.56222 (36.622171, -78.562230). [7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), of which 2.0 square miles (5.1 km2) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km2) (1.49%) is water.

Clarksville is located roughly 60 miles north of Raleigh, North Carolina and roughly 90 miles southwest of Richmond.


Located along the Roanoke River, these lands were for centuries the home to the Occaneechi Native Americans. They controlled the junction of several trading paths in the area. The Eno-Occoneechee tribe are directly descendants of the original Occoneechees and currently reside nearby Vance County, North Carolina.

Street scene in Clarksville

Clarksville was the first incorporated town in the county of Mecklenburg. In 1818, the town was named after its founder, Clarke Royster. Settlers populated the area quickly because of the temperate climate and the fine tobacco soil.

By 1832, Clarksville was recognized as one of the fastest growing towns in Virginia. The Clarksville Tobacco Market was so large and important that the Roanoke Navigation Company was formed to transport the crop by way of the Roanoke River to Petersburg, a major export town, and other areas. A plank road was built from Clarksville to Petersburg (distance of 80 miles (130 km) for overland transport. In years to follow, the Roanoke Valley Railroad was built from Clarksville to Manson, North Carolina.

By 1848, Clarksville was known as a major market for leaf tobacco and a tobacco-manufacturing center. Large shipments of tobacco were exported to Europe. In 1860, R. H. Moss and Brothers Factory in Clarksville was producing more manufactured tobacco than any other establishment in Virginia or the Carolinas. To date, Clarksville proudly claims the title of the oldest continuous tobacco market in the world.

The Clarksville Historic District, Cedar Grove, Prestwould, Clark Royster House, Sunnyside, Patrick Robert Sydnor Log Cabin, and Judge Henry Wood, Jr. House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [8] [9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,166 [3]2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census [10]

As of the census [4] of 2010, there were 1,139 people, 641 households, and 380 families residing in the town. The population density was 671.5 people per square mile (259.2/km2). There were 753 housing units at an average density of 380.5 per square mile (146.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 71.18% White, 26.79% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

There were 641 households, out of which 21.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 20.2% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 25.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 77.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,063, and the median income for a family was $39,625. Males had a median income of $30,556 versus $17,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,546. About 6.4% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Clarksville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [11]


  1. ^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the expected highest and lowest temperature readings at any point during the year or given month) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010.


  1. ^ City and Town Population Totals Datasets: 2010-2015: Virginia, United States Census Bureau, 2016-12-01. Accessed 2017-02-17.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ [1] Virginia's only Lakeside Town.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 8/16/10 through 8/20/10. National Park Service. August 27, 2010.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ Climate Summary for Clarksville, Virginia
  12. ^ "NOAA 1981-2010 Climate Normals". NOAA Regional Climate Centers. Retrieved January 13, 2019.

Further reading

  • Dyhouse, Janie (August 2018). "Building a Disabled Vets Park Brings Community Together". VFW Magazine. Vol. 105 no. 10. Kansas City, Mo.: Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. p. 38. ISSN  0161-8598. VFW and American Legion members in Virginia worked together to build a lakeside park that is fully accessible for those in wheelchairs. They also take disabled veterans on fishing trips multiple times every year.

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