Emporia, Virginia

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Emporia is an independent city located within the confines of Greensville County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,665 at the 2000 census. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Emporia with surrounding Greensville county for statistical purposes. It is the county seat of Greensville County[3].

The Town of Hicksford (also sometimes called Hick's Ford) was settled in 1710 in the Virginia Colony, where the Fort Road of eastern Virginia crossed the Meherrin River en route to Fort Christanna. After statehood, the Town of Belfield was established in 1798 on the north bank of the river. The two Greensville County towns merged in 1887 to form the new incorporated town of Emporia, which was named after the town of Emporia, Kansas. The Town Emporia was re-chartered by the Virginia General Assembly as an independent city in 1967.

Emporia has long been a transportation crossroads. Currently, a major north-south railroad line of CSX Transportation crosses with an east-west line of Norfolk Southern. U.S. Route 58 crosses east-west and Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 301 crosses north-south.



Emporia is located at 36°41′34″N 77°32′17″W / 36.69278°N 77.53806°W / 36.69278; -77.53806 (36.693018, -77.53809)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18.1 km²), of which, 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.00%) is water. I-95 and US-58 are the major roads passing through the city, and the city is located about 65 miles south of Richmond, about 80 miles west of Norfolk, and about 60 miles north of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The City of Emporia is very close to Gaston, North Carolina. And is a great place to merge on to I-95 North or South. The City of Emporia also has the high school, Greensville County High School, Southside Virginia Community College, and Saint Paul's College located in Lawrenceville, Virginia.

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