New Hampden, Virginia

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New Hampden, Virginia
Unincorporated community
Aerial view of New Hampden, Virginia
Aerial view of New Hampden, Virginia
New Hampden is located in Virginia
New Hampden
New Hampden
New Hampden is located in the US
New Hampden
New Hampden
Coordinates: 38°29′34″N 79°33′48″W / 38.49278°N 79.56333°W / 38.49278; -79.56333Coordinates: 38°29′34″N 79°33′48″W / 38.49278°N 79.56333°W / 38.49278; -79.56333
Country United States
State Virginia
County Highland
Elevation 2,598 ft (792 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1496000[1]

New Hampden is an unincorporated community in Highland County, Virginia, United States.[1] New Hampden is located in the Blue Grass Valley on VA State Route 640 approximately 5.7 miles (9.2 km) north of Monterey, Virginia.[2][3] The community is situated on the banks of the South Branch Potomac River west of the northern end of Monterey Mountain and southwest of the community of Blue Grass, Virginia and the Devils Backbone rock outcrop.[3] The community appeared around 1858 and is characterized as having a "regular appearance" in contrast to more haphazardly developed villages.[4] West of New Hampden is the site of a flint quarry used by Native Americans to procure sources of flint for the production of arrowheads. Some accounts state that the area was of such importance that it was considered to be neutral ground by the native tribes.[5][6][7]

Located in New Hampden is a historic grist mill that began operations around 1816-1817 and ceased in 1944. The structure, originally known as the Rexrode Mill, still stands to the present day.[8]


  1. ^ a b "New Hampden". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Google (December 22, 2013). "New Hampden, Virginia" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "The National Map". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Oren, 1911, p. 161.
  5. ^ Oren, 1911, p. 33.
  6. ^ Annual Reports, Volume 15. United States American Ethnology Bureau. 1897. p. 77. 
  7. ^ Workers of the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Virginia (1992) [1940 by Oxford University Press]. Virginia: A Guide to the Old Dominion. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library and Archives. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ Judd Bankert (2013). "Virginia Department of Historic Resources PIF Resource Information Sheet: New Hampden Mill" (PDF). Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Historic Resources.  With accompanying photographs