Fieldale, Virginia

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Fieldale is a census-designated place (CDP) in Henry County, Virginia, United States. The population was 929 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Martinsville Micropolitan Statistical Area.



The area was first settled in 1760 by planter George Waller, an officer in the state militia who was later promoted to Colonel, and his wife Ann Winston (Carr), first cousin of statesman Patrick Henry, as a protected ford across the Smith River.[3] The local militia trained on Col. Waller's acreage.[4] The settlement was subsequently known as Waller's Ford for over a century. A Virginia Historical Highway Marker unveiled in September 2007 marks the location of Col. Waller's plantation.[5] In 1916, Marshall Field & Company purchased the site from the Waller heirs and established Fieldcrest Mills, the town of Fieldale, and an 8,500-square-foot (790 m2) company clubhouse, all completed in 1919. Fieldale was the first town in southwestern Virginia with sidewalks, electric lighting, and municipal water and sewer.[citation needed]


Fieldale is located at 36°41′59″N 79°56′22″W / 36.69972°N 79.93944°W / 36.69972; -79.93944 (36.699850, -79.939482)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 929 people, 420 households, and 275 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 575.6 people per square mile (222.8/km²). There were 473 housing units at an average density of 293.1/sq mi (113.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.20% White, 1.83% African American, 0.11% Pacific Islander, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population.

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