Jonesville, Virginia

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Jonesville is a town in and the county seat of Lee County, Virginia, United States.[3] The population was 995 at the 2000 census.

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History

Jonesville was established in 1794 as the county seat of Lee County. The town was known as Glade Spring in its infancy.[citation needed] It was incorporated in 1884, and re-incorporated in 1901. It is named for Frederick Jones, a landowner.[4].

Jonesville was a small but thriving center of local commerce in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but like most towns in the central Appalachian region, it fell into gradual economic decline as the coal boom ebbed in the latter half of the twentieth century. By the end of the century much of the commercial real estate in its downtown area was either unoccupied or underutilized. Most of Jonesville's remaining commercial activity is concentrated in the west end. Jonesville Drug, one of the oldest surviving downtown businesses, relocated to the old Chappell's Dairy site on the west end in 2004.

Andrew Taylor Still, M. D., D.O., father of osteopathic medicine and founder of its first school and infirmary, was born in Jonesville in 1828.

Geography

Jonesville is located at 36°41′17″N 83°6′59″W / 36.68806°N 83.11639°W / 36.68806; -83.11639 (36.688012, -83.116305).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 995 people, 497 households, and 261 families residing in the town. The population density was 901.1 people per square mile (349.2/km²). There were 565 housing units at an average density of 511.7/sq mi (198.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.30% White, 0.10% African American, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population.

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