Fieldale, Virginia

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Fieldale, Virginia
CDP
Location of Fieldale, Virginia
Location of Fieldale, Virginia
Coordinates: 36°41′59″N 79°56′22″W / 36.69972°N 79.93944°W / 36.69972; -79.93944Coordinates: 36°41′59″N 79°56′22″W / 36.69972°N 79.93944°W / 36.69972; -79.93944
Country United States
State Virginia
County Henry
Area
 • Total 1.6 sq mi (4.2 km2)
 • Land 1.6 sq mi (4.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 810 ft (247 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 879
 • Density 550/sq mi (210/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24089
Area code(s) 276
FIPS code 51-27744[1]
GNIS feature ID 1495536[2]

Fieldale is a census-designated place (CDP) in Henry County, Virginia, United States. The population was 879 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Martinsville Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Waller's Ford, named for Col. George Waller. Today's Fieldale

History[edit]

The area was first settled in 1760 by planter George Waller, an officer in the state militia who was later promoted to Colonel, and his wife Ann Winston (Carr), first cousin of statesman Patrick Henry, as a protected ford across the Smith River.[3] The local militia trained on Col. Waller's acreage.[4] The settlement was subsequently known as Waller's Ford for over a century. A Virginia Historical Highway Marker unveiled in September 2007 marks the location of Col. Waller's plantation.[5] In 1916, Marshall Field & Company purchased the site from the Waller heirs and established Fieldcrest Mills, the town of Fieldale, and an 8,500-square-foot (790 m2) company clubhouse, all completed in 1919. Fieldale was the first town in southwestern Virginia with sidewalks, electric lighting, and municipal water and sewer.[citation needed]

Home of Col. George Waller at Waller's Ford (later Fieldale), 1930

The Fieldale Historic District, Marshall Field and Company Clubhouse, and Virginia Home are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

Geography[edit]

Fieldale is located at 36°41′59″N 79°56′22″W / 36.69972°N 79.93944°W / 36.69972; -79.93944 (36.699850, -79.939482)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Engine, Danville and Western Railway, Fieldale, ca 1900

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 929 people, 420 households, and 275 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 575.6 people per square mile (222.8/km²). There were 473 housing units at an average density of 293.1/sq mi (113.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.20% White, 1.83% African American, 0.11% Pacific Islander, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population.

There were 420 households out of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 24.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $23,450, and the median income for a family was $30,845. Males had a median income of $25,278 versus $18,472 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,919. About 19.4% of families and 22.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.5% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Address Delivered by The Honorable Sam Rayburn at the Dedication of the Marker over the Graves of His Great-Great Grandfather Col. George Waller and his wife Ann Winston Carr, Oakwood Cemetery, Martinsville, Virginia, May 6, 1951
  4. ^ Waller Home in 1930, MyHenryCounty.com
  5. ^ Waller's Ford, Notes on Virginia, Virginia Department of Historic Resources
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

External links[edit]

  • History of Fieldale, Waller's Ford, and Marshall Field Clubhouse [1]
  • History from Fieldale Heritage Festival [2]
  • National Register of Historic Places nomination form for Marshall Field clubhouse; includes history of town on pp. 7–10 [3]
  • Waller Home in 1930, myhenrycounty.com