Starkey, Virginia

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Starkey, Virginia
Unincorporated community
Starkey, Virginia is located in Virginia
Starkey, Virginia
Starkey, Virginia is located in the US
Starkey, Virginia
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 37°12′02″N 79°59′55″W / 37.20056°N 79.99861°W / 37.20056; -79.99861Coordinates: 37°12′02″N 79°59′55″W / 37.20056°N 79.99861°W / 37.20056; -79.99861
Country United States
State Virginia
County Roanoke
Elevation 1,138 ft (347 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24018
Area code(s) 540
GNIS feature ID 1495131[1]

Starkey is an unincorporated community in southern Roanoke County, Virginia, United States. The community lies south of U.S. 221 near the Blue Ridge Parkway.[3] This is the location of the Starkey School listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Starkey takes its name from the land owned by Tazewell M. Starkey. "The Starkey community took its name from the Starkey family, who, along with the Harveys, Sloans and Fowlers, were among the first settlers. The village incorporated land once owned by Tazewell Starkey. In the days when Roanoke's roads were rough and muddy, Starkey was an important shipping point for apples, barrels and barrel staves, which were sent in great quantities to Winston-Salem, North Carolina."[4]

The village had no name until the Roanoke and Southern Railroad connected with the Norfolk and Western Railroad in the early 1890s, when a railroad station was established and named for Tazewell Starkey, who gave the land for a railroad right of way. The Shenandoah Packing company was established here in 1908, and canned 11,000 cans per season of apples, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and beans. Later a Post Office was erected there, but was named "Farland" because another post office in nearby Floyd County, Virginia, also had the name "Starkey. When that name was discontinued, the name Starkey was given to this site in order to conform to the railroad station name. This was an important railroad transportation center for local farmers from Back Creek, Virginia, Cave Spring, Virginia and Bent Mountain, Virginia. Today the community is no longer distinct.[5]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ USGS. "Geographic Names Information System Feature Detail Report: Starkey". Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Google Maps". Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  4. ^ Writers' Program (U.S.). Roanoke, Story of County and City. [Roanoke]: [Stone Print. and manufacturing Co.], 1942. Compiled by workers of the Writers' program of the Work projects administration in the state of Virginia ... Sponsored by the School board of Roanoke city and the School board of Roanoke county. Page 163.
  5. ^ Kagey, Deedie Dent. When Past Is Prologue: A History of Roanoke County. Roanoke, Va: Roanoke County Sesquicentennial Committee, 1988. Pages 310-311.