Honaker, Virginia

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Honaker, Virginia
Honaker cab.jpg
Nickname(s): Redbud Capital of the World
Location of Honaker, Virginia
Location of Honaker, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°1′1″N 81°58′25″W / 37.01694°N 81.97361°W / 37.01694; -81.97361Coordinates: 37°1′1″N 81°58′25″W / 37.01694°N 81.97361°W / 37.01694; -81.97361
Country United States,
State Virginia
County Russell
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,870 ft (570 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,449
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24260
Area code(s) 276
FIPS code 51-38280[1]
GNIS feature ID 1468202[2]
Website www.honakerva.com

Honaker is a town in Russell County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1,449 at the 2010 census.


Honaker was settled as early as 1772 when William Ferrill established a homesite in the area. During Dunmore's War of 1774 a fort, known as New Garden Fort, was established to protect the settlers from Indian raids.

The Honaker Commercial Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[3]


Honaker is located at 37°1′1″N 81°58′25″W / 37.01694°N 81.97361°W / 37.01694; -81.97361 (37.017071, -81.973674),[4] in the Clinch River watershed.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 1449 people and 684 households. The racial makeup of the town was 98.83% White, 0.20% African American, 0.28% Native American, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were .35% of the population.

There were 684 households out of which 23.39% had children under the age of 18 living with them. The number of vacant housing in Honaker was 5.59%. In the town the population was spread out with 21.95% under the age of 18, 5.94% from 20 to 24, 12.84% from 25 to 34, 19.81% from 35 to 49, 20.63% from 50 to 64, and 17.05% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median income for a household in the town was $22,969, and the median income for a family was $28,611. Males had a median income of $26,071 versus $17,386 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,888. About 20.4% of families and 27.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.9% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.

Events and attractions[edit]

Honaker holds the Honaker Redbud Festival each spring,[5] celebrating its status as "Redbud Capital of the World".[6]

The town is currently undergoing a restoration project in order to make a welcome center,shopping,& park . This project is expected to be completed by mid 2020.[7]


  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. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Honaker Redbud Festival website
  6. ^ Doug Doughty, Honaker's favorite son, The Roanoke Times, February 4, 2006
  7. ^ Honaker, VA website

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