Location of Keysville, Virginia
|• Total||1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2)|
|• Land||1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||676 ft (206 m)|
|• Density||719/sq mi (277.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1468986|
Keysville is a town in Charlotte County, Virginia, United States. The population was 832 at the 2010 census. One of two branches of Southside Virginia Community College is in Keysville. The surrounding area has tobacco and mixed farming.
Keysville is in eastern Charlotte County. U.S. Routes 15 and U.S. Route 360, a four-lane highway, forms the eastern border of the town, while Virginia State Route 40 passes through the center. US 15 leads north 20 miles (32 km) to Farmville, and US 360 leads northeast 20 miles (32 km) to Burkeville. The two routes together lead southwest 15 miles (24 km) to their split at Wylliesburg. Route 40 leads east 18 miles (29 km) to Victoria and west 9 miles (14 km) to Charlotte Court House.
As of the census of 2000, there were 817 people, 359 households, and 194 families residing in the town. The population density was 694.0 people per square mile (267.3/km²). There were 398 housing units at an average density of 338.1 per square mile (130.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 64.75% White, 33.54% African American, 0.12% Asian, 1.10% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population.
There were 359 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.0% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.7% were non-families. 43.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the town the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 30.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 67.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 67.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $25,750, and the median income for a family was $34,667. Males had a median income of $27,750 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,560. About 10.9% of families and 16.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.
An optical fiber link between Farmville and Keysville was the first on the agenda in efforts by Governor Mark Warner to bring broadband internet access to rural areas of Virginia, funded by the Tobacco Indemnification fund. This was also accomplished to aid in developing the Southside Industrial Park by bringing mid-sized businesses the technological access needed in an effort to bring more industry to Charlotte County. The link is complete but has yet to be utilized.
- Charlotte County's Korean & Vietnam War Memorial is in Keysville.
- The town of Keysville was an on-location site (the Keysville Railroad Station served as a recreated Warm Springs, Georgia) for filming during the production of the 1976 TV movie Eleanor and Franklin, starring Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann. The train station has since been deemed a landmark and is in the process of being restored after half of it collapsed due to dilapidation.
- Jodie Foster and James Earl Jones were here for three days in 1992 during the production of Sommersby. Keysville has more resources than Charlotte Court House nine miles away, and thus was a better host for the stars during production of the trial which was being filmed in Charlotte Court House.
- Keysville serves as a low aviation airspace allowing a turn-around point for naval aircraft from Norfolk during training and war games - approximately a 15-minute ride at Mach 2.
- In addition to the Keysville Railroad Station, the Four Locust Farm, Maple Roads, and Watkins House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.