Penola, Virginia

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Penola is an unincorporated community in Caroline County, in the U.S. state of Virginia.[1]


A post office called Penola was established in 1857, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1961.[2] Penola is a name derived from a Native American language meaning "cotton".[3]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Penola, Virginia
  2. ^ "Caroline County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Dyson, Cathy (July 20, 2003). "History and legend unlock origins of unusual names". The Free Lance-Star. pp. A7. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 

Coordinates: 37°57′26″N 77°22′15″W / 37.95722°N 77.37083°W / 37.95722; -77.37083