Marion, Virginia

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Marion is a town in Smyth County, Virginia, United States. The population was 6,349 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Smyth County[3]. The town is named for American Revolutionary War officer Francis Marion.



Marion is one of only a few towns[citation needed] to receive designation as an official Virginia Main Street Community and National Main Street Community. The Lincoln Theatre (, a meticulously renovated Art-Deco Mayan Revival style performing arts center in Marion, is the home of the nationally-syndicated bluegrass music program "Song of the Mountains". The General Francis Marion Hotel has also been completely restored and serves the town as a AAA Three-Diamond boutique hotel.[citation needed] The town also hosts ArtWalk with local artists and musicians, held on the second Friday of each month May through December.


Marion is located at 36°50′13″N 81°30′59″W / 36.83694°N 81.51639°W / 36.83694; -81.51639 (36.836953, -81.516483)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.7 km²), all of it land.

Marion is near Hungry Mother State Park.

Marion holds the state record low for the month of May at 15 degrees and the second lowest recorded April temperature in the state at 10.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,349 people, 2,647 households, and 1,614 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,528.3 people per square mile (590.7/km²). There were 2,865 housing units at an average density of 689.6/sq mi (266.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.98% White, 5.94% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

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