Regional Information

  • Area - 511 square miles

    Air Transportation - 1 local and 1 regional airport

    Highways - 6

    Railroads - CSX and Norfolk Southern

    115 miles from Richmond

    200 miles from Norfolk and Washington, DC

  • Population - 54,885

    Male 48.% - Female 51.6%

    Median Age - 42

    College Graduates - 14.6%

    Median Family Income - $57,558

    Workforce - 28,000

  • Unemployment Rate - 4.2%

    Real Estate Tax - $0.52 per $100

    Local Sales Tax - 1%

    Workforce Development - 4 facilities

Featured Events

  • COMING SOON! Wendy's on 29S next to Sheetz is under construction.
    Online applications are being accepted NOW! 

    See attached flyer for additional details! 

    133 Churchill Dr

  • Learn about your water quality through affordable, confidential testing and become empowered to make decisions about system maintenance and water treatment!

    April 12 7-8 p.m. information session

    April 20 9-10 a.m. information session

    April 27 7:30- 8:30 a.m. drop-off day

    Click here to view the flyer with more information!

  • Mountaire Farms in partnership with Virginia’s Agriculture and Forestry Secretariat, Halifax Virginia Industrial Development Authority, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Farm Bureau, Farm Credit, and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is pursuing a regional agribusiness opportunity requiring dedicated annual production of 4,000,000 bushels of corn within approximately 100 miles of a planned new granary facility near South Boston, Virginia. This corn would be purchased by Mountaire directly from a network of regional growers.

    For more information on how to participate, click here.

  • The Patrick Henry National Memorial will host its annual Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. on the beautiful grounds of Red Hill, Henry's last home and burial place.

    The Oath ceremony will begin at 11:00a.m. and last until 1:00p.m. Prior to the oath ceremony, docents will be available in Patrick Henry's house and law office to provide information about Henry's life at Red Hill in the 1790s starting at 9:00 a.m. Eighteenth century interpreters will demonstrate blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, and will be in the historic buildings.

    Seating begins at 10:30 and visitors are invited to stay following the ceremony for a reception hosted by the Patrick Henry Auxiliary and Brookneal Woman's Club. The Red Hill Chapter of the DAR will provide breakfast for the citizen applicants and their families.

    This year's special guest speaker for the event will be Delegate T. Scott Garrett M.D., of Virginia’s 23rd District. 

    There is no admission fee for this event, so join us in helping to welcome these new citizens of the United States! 
  • Avoca Museum, 1514 Main St., Altavista, will hold its annual Mother's Day Tea from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8. The event includes light refreshments and self-guided tours of the house, and Avoca's Victorian Garden and Arboretum. All mothers are admitted free. General admission is $5 ages 6 and older, $3 for seniors and free for children ages five and younger. For more information, contact Theresa Boyes, (434) 369-1076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The event is sponsored by Steve Farmer Auto Sales.
  • The 4th annual Made in the Shade Craft Beer Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Avoca Museum, 1514 Main St., Altavista, VA. The event will feature beer tastings from six craft breweries, live music by Next 2 The Tracks from noon to 3 p.m. and Chamomile and Whiskey from 3 to 6 p.m., craft and merchandise vendors, house tours, and food concessions. There will be wine available for purchase. Tasting tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the gate (cash only) and include 8 sample tickets. Additional beer tickets available for purchase. First 500 tasters receive a souvenir glass. General admission (non-tasting) is $10, free for children age 12 and younger. Advance tickets available for purchase at Miller's Jewelry, Airabella Flowers and Gifts and Avoca Museum in Altavista, through the Lynch Station Ruritan Club and at Bring ID. Lawn chairs welcome. No coolers or outside food or drink allowed. No pets allowed. For more information, to purchase tickets or to volunteer during this event, contact Theresa Boyes at (434) 369-1076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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