Chatmoss, Virginia

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Chatmoss is a census-designated place (CDP) in Henry County, Virginia, USA. The population was 1,742 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Martinsville Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Chatmoss takes its name from a 2,700-acre (11 km2) Hairston family plantation on the site, which was later incorporated into a larger country club building on the site.[3] The Hairston family owned many plantations scattered across the South, including plantations in North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Virginia. The family's Henry County plantations included still extant Beaver Creek Plantation and Hordsville, as well as plantations at Marrowbone, Magna Vista, Leatherwood, Camp Branch and Shawnee, which are no longer standing.[4] The Chatmoss property was long owned by Harden Hairston, who inherited it, but it was later sold by a descendant to the developers of the country club on the site.[5]


Chatmoss is located at 36°40′47″N 79°48′20″W / 36.67972°N 79.80556°W / 36.67972; -79.80556 (36.679666, -79.805641)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.4 square miles (13.9 km²), of which, 5.3 square miles (13.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.37%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,742 people, 678 households, and 549 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 325.4 people per square mile (125.7/km²). There were 715 housing units at an average density of 133.6/sq mi (51.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 80.31% White, 15.67% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.78% Asian, 1.15% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.08% of the population.

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