Most of Virgilina's departed are buried here in this cemetery established in 1840 including Grandaddy Atkins, my great grandparents on my daddy's side, as well as many neighbours. Every fourth Sunday in May, there is a Memorial Service here by the pulpit and the American flag (seen in the middle of the photo) to honour the war dead and pray for those at war. Usually the 4th Sunday in May immediately precedes the national Memorial Day, the last Monday in May. However, there are some years when May has 5 Mondays- 2005 was one of them. Why can't Virgilina hold the Memorial Service to draw more people (with the Summerfest coming on the Saturday)? Well, it has ALWAYS been the 4th Monday and so it will stay from here on out. One year when I was little, Jesse Helms spoke at the Memorial Service because many of those in attendance were North Carolinians, mainly from neighbouring Granville and Person Counties.
- Historical Travel
Private Home Architecture
Even in a town as small as Virgilina, there are varying types of architecture in private homes. The first pic, the Chandler house, is almost reminiscent of a Southern plantation in white with porticos. Contrary to the Chandler house, this more modest house owned by the Tuck family is smaller and is in the middle of a field. The third picture (on the North Carolina side) was taken because of the architecture of this more typical Virgilina house and the decorations for Christmas. The fourth house belongs to my friend Daniel. The Greek Revival architecture makes it look like a little capitol or town hall building. That house has a bit of a checkered past as the town's only murder in my living memoury took place in the front yard right out of range of the photo. Take a look at an enlarge all 4 photos.
I don't think this will ever be a television show, but what can I say? I'm a sucker for post offices. Virgilina is such a small town that I'm surprised it still has one. Most mail is postmarked in Roanoke or Lynchburg, but if you ask, they will put on a Virgilina, VA 24598 postmark.
Virgilina used to be a copper mining town and, as a result, was a station stop for both freight and passenger trains in its heyday. I can remember as a young kid going to bed to the whistle and the rhythm of passing freight trains. From the time I was 10 years old, the trains stopped running through and the old depot became abandoned. They ought to turn the old depot into a museum of Virgilina history which is richer than one might think.
Virgilina Town Hall
The place where all the important decisions involving the town of Virgilina are weighed. There are 6 town council districts (which works out to one councilman for every 25 people) and a mayor.