A Short History of Clarksville, VA

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Brief History of Clarksville

Clarksville is a town in the county of Mecklenburg, Virginia. Located on Kerr Lake, it is Virginia's only lakeside town. The area that is now Clarksville was once home to the Occaneechi Native Americans. As the first incorporated town of the county, it was named after Clark Royster, its founder, in 1818. By 1832, Clarksville has become one of the fastest-growing towns in the state of Virginia.

The importance of the Clarksville Tobacco Market leads to the formation of the Roanoke Navigation Company, which transported crops on the Roanoke River to the major export town Petersburg, among other areas. A plank road was also built running from Clarksville to Petersburg for land transports. The Roanoke Valley Railroad was built a couple of years later, going from Clarksville to Manson, North Carolina. By 1848, the town was a major tobacco manufacturing center and market for leaf tobacco. R. H. Moss and Brothers Factory was producing more manufactured tobacco than any other businesses in Virginia and the Carolinas.

Today, the town is the oldest tobacco market in the world to be continuously in operation. Clarksville has a total area of 2.0 square miles, according to the United States Census Bureau. As of the 2010 census, it has a population of 1,139 people. 641 households and 380 families live in the town.

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Historic Sites

There are many landmarks and establishments in Clarksville that tells the history of the town. These historic sites include:

  • Clarksville Historic District
  • Cedar Grove
  • Prestwould Plantation
  • Clark Royster House
  • Sunnyside
  • Patrick Robert Sydnor Log Cabin
  • Judge Henry Wood, Jr. House

They have all been individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated on the Virginia Landmarks Register.

Kerr Lake

Kerr Lake is a 50,000-acre lake in Clarksville. Also known as Buggs Island Lake, it is popular for boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Some of the most frequent fish that have been caught at the lake are catfish, crappie, largemouth bass and striped bass.

Virginia Lake Festival

One of the top twenty festivals in the southeast, according to the Southeast Tourism Society, the Virginia Lake Festival is hosted every year in Clarksville. The three-day Lakefest is held during the third weekend of July. Attracting over 80,000 visitors, it features music, food, arts and crafts, hot air balloons, boats, antique cars, games, and sand sculpting. To end off the event, a fireworks show is held on the lake.

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