Ettrick, Virginia

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Ettrick is a census-designated place (CDP) in Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States. The population was 7,225 as of 2009. The town is home to Virginia State University and the Petersburg Amtrak train station.

Most of Ettrick has a Petersburg mailing address, ZIP code 23803, although the community is not part of the city of Petersburg.



Ettrick was named around 1765 by foreign merchant Neil Buchanan, who dubbed the eventual village Ettrick Banks for its similarities to the Ettrick area of Selkirk County, Scotland, according to Jeffrey M. O'Dell's published history of Chesterfield County.

Ettrick, Scotland even has its own tartan, the distinctive plaid materials used in clothing such as kilts.

The area has seen its share of historical events through the years, including the journeys of Capt. Christopher Newport, prosperous cotton mills, a large Confederate hospital, and Virginia's first state supported black college, founded in 1882 as Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (now VSU), according to O'Dell.

One of the longstanding landmarks is Campbell's Bridge, first built around 1810, which has been reconstructed several times but retains its name and status as the only direct thoroughfare from the village into Petersburg.

Ettrick Today

Currently there is an active Historical Society, gathering for many annual events including a "Burns Night", which celebrates the life's works of the Scottish Poet Robert Burns. The Evening is complete with traditional dinner of Haggis. Also a Heritage Day every second Saturday in April, complete with pipe and drums , food , clans , Native American , Civil War , and pirate re-enactors.


Ettrick is located at 37°14′34″N 77°25′32″W / 37.24278°N 77.42556°W / 37.24278; -77.42556 (37.242750, -77.425418)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km²), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.32%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,627 people, 1,517 households, and 989 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,884.0 people per square mile (726.6/km²). There were 1,673 housing units at an average density of 560.1/sq mi (216.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 21.49% White, 75.14% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.22% of the population.

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