Birchleaf, Virginia

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Birchleaf, Virginia
Unincorporated community
Post Office in Birchleaf
Post Office in Birchleaf
Birchleaf, Virginia is located in Virginia
Birchleaf, Virginia
Birchleaf, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°10′38″N 82°16′20″W / 37.17722°N 82.27222°W / 37.17722; -82.27222Coordinates: 37°10′38″N 82°16′20″W / 37.17722°N 82.27222°W / 37.17722; -82.27222
Country United States
State Virginia
County Dickenson
Elevation 1,299 ft (396 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1495271[1]

Birchleaf is an unincorporated community in Dickenson County, Virginia, United States. The population was 761 at the 2000 census.

Birchleaf was likely named for the birch timber in the area.[2]

Geography[edit]

Birchleaf is located approximately 5 miles SE of the town of Haysi, Virginia. The Russell Fork of the Levisa River runs through the center of the community. Frequent flooding of this river has resulated in a floodplain in which most of the community is located.

One of the most destructive floods occurred in 1977, the infamous "Flood of '77" as referred to by local residents. Over $20 million in damage occurred to this and other small communities along the Russell Fork River in April 1977.

Education[edit]

Birchleaf is served by Sandlick Elementary School and Haysi High School. Southwest Virginia Community College also runs a bus to nearby Richlands, Virginia.

References[edit]

Helen Henderson Highway in Birchleaf
Helen Henderson Highway in Birchleaf