Patrick County, located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, includes an area of 486 square miles (483 square miles of land, 2.8 square miles of water). According to the latest estimate, the population in 2015 was 18,045 people. The population density was 37 people per square mile.
Patrick County was created in 1791, when Patrick Henry County was divided into two counties (Patrick and Henry Counties). A historical marker indicates the location of one of Virginia colony’s first frontier forts, Fort Mayo. It was the southern of a series of forts built between the Potomac River and North Carolina. The fort was the site of military action during the French and Indian War.
Abram (Abraham) Penn was one of the organizers of Patrick County. When he and his family moved to Patrick County, he built a home called Poplar Grove. Penn served as a Colonel during the Revolutionary War, who led some 300 militiamen to aid General Greene at the battle of Guilford Court House. It remains uncertain if they arrived in time for the fight, but they were involved in the Battle of Eutaw Springs. Penn was present to witness the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. He later served as a justice in Patrick County for many years.
Transportation and Travel
Part of Patrick County lies within the Blue Ridge Parkway National Protected Area. In addition to the Parkway, the most commonly traveled highways are US-58, and State Routes 8, 40, 57, and 103. Four fatal vehicle crashes occurred in Patrick County in 2015. A number of other crashes occurred, as well.
If you are injured, or a loved one is killed, in a vehicle crash you can count on the experienced attorneys of Altizer Law, P.C. We assist clients throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Bettina Altizer and Terri Welch Luzynski each bring knowledge and persistence to each case they handle. When you call upon Altizer Law, P.C., you will be met with compassion and a determination to win justice for you or your loved one.
The County Seat of Patrick County is the incorporated town of Stuart, located at the intersection of Highways 8 and 58 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Highlands. The town has retained traditional values, and has two major areas: uptown, which is home to County offices, and the Downtown business sector. The town was originally named Taylorsville, but the name was changed to honor Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart, who was raised in Ararat.
Other unincorporated communities in Patrick County are:
- Penn’s Store
- Meadows of Dan
- Patrick Springs
- Russell Creek
The majority of Patrick County residents are employed in the manufacturing industry. The next-largest industries are Government (all levels, but primarily Local Government), Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, Accommodation and Food Service, and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting.
The County’s Top Employers are:
- Patrick County School Board
- Results Customer Solution — The Results Companies has committed to strategically establish call centers in communities with small-town values, where courtesy and empathy are a way of life.
- Blue Ridge Nursing Center
- Hanesbrands, Inc (Martinsville) — a socially responsible manufacturer and marketer of leading everyday basic apparel under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands.
- Primland Ltd — This pristine Blue Ridge Mountain resort offers 12,000 acres of space, sky and shifting moods. Primland is the ultimate retreat for world-class golf, refined dining and outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty.
- County of Patrick
- Shaw Industries Group – producing carpets and rugs
- PHS of Patrick County – Patrick High School
- Ten Oaks — Ten Oaks solid hardwood flooring adds timeless beauty and style to any room, home, … Ten Oaks products are proudly made in Stuart, Virginia
- Roto Die Company – manufacturers of Special dies and tools, die sets, jigs and fixtures, and industrial molds.
- United Elastic — UNITED ELASTIC is in the Narrow Fabric and Other Smallwares Mills: Cotton, Wool, Silk and Manmade Fiber industry in Stuart, VA.
- Gregory Pallet and Lumber — We buy standing timber and offer land management to many different counties in North Carolina and southern Virginia.
- Clark Gas and Oil Company — Clark Gas & Oil is a regional value-added distributor of Exxon branded home heating fuels including oil heat, propane gas, and appliances.
- Griffith Lumber Company — We take pride in producing a well-manufactured, well-graded, high-quality lumber product. Customers say the lumber is sawed, edged and trimmed better than any lumber they buy, so their yield is better and it is already export quality. Our main products are Appalachian Poplar, Appalachian Red Oak, Appalachian White Oak, Eastern White Pine and Appalachian Soft Maple.
Unfortunately, many people are injured in industrial events due to failure to follow safety standards or due to the mistakes or negligence of employees. When this occurs, people are forced to rely upon the employer’s insurance. If you are injured in an industrial event, and the insurance company is refusing to pay or wants to underpay for all injuries and losses, call Altizer Law. We know how to negotiate and litigate with insurance companies to ensure full compensation for injuries.
For their medical needs, many Patrick County residents rely upon Pioneer Community Hospital. The hospital offers an emergency department, inpatient care, surgery and other services. Pioneer is staffed by caring and competent professionals. Although, we sincerely hope you will never need us, Altizer Law is here to help you if you are harmed or further injured by the mistake or negligence of a medical professional or by the facility. We have been practicing Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death law for more than 25 years.
Patrick County is a popular destination for many tourists. This is not surprising in light of the range of venues available in the county.
The town of Stuart offers opportunities to visit the historic Courthouse, which was built in 1822. The historic Star Theatre is located on Patrick Street in the downtown area.
Those interested in history will also enjoy visiting Laurel Hill, the birthplace and childhood home of J.E. B. Stuart, Slate Mountain Presbyterian Church, the Patrick County Historical Museum, the Hollow History Center, the Reynolds Homestead, birthplace of R. J. Reynolds, Wood Brothers Racing Museum, Virginia Motorsports Museum, the Rock Churches of Patrick and Floyd counties, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mitchell’s Mill, Cochram’s Mill, and the Stuart Cemetery. Also of interest are two of the Commonwealth’s eight covered bridges, the Bob White and the Jack’s Creek, located in Woolwine. The Reynolds Homestead, now maintained by Virginia Tech offers continuing education and opportunities to research the forest.
Patrick County is also a destination for the Arts. There are numerous opportunities to view, purchase and learn about the arts.
The Crooked Road Music Trail passes through Patrick County and Stuart. It is a perfect place to enjoy Bluegrass and other musical genres. There are many local musicians who perform at several music venues in Stuart and throughout the County.
Many types of arts and crafts are produced and sold in Patrick County. From quilts to Artwear, to woven fabrics to farm produce and products, it can all be found in the markets and shops throughout the County. Many of these artistic works and crafts are made using traditional materials and methods of production.
One of the best-known sites in Patrick County is Fairy Stone State Park (Stuart), which offers picnicking and hiking of the Fairy Stone Loop. The park is best known because it is the only place where visitors can search for and find fairy stones (small stone crosses). Other parks include Dan River Park, DeHart Park, I.C. DeHart Park, Mabry Mill (Meadows of Dan), Mountain Top Recreation Park, Fred Clifton Park. Each of these parks offers access to hiking and biking trails, picnicking, and more.
There are several wonderful hiking and biking trails, including Mayo River Rail Trail, Dan River Park Trail, Fairy Stone Loop, Leaf Trail at Reynolds Homestead, Rock Castle Gorge Trail, Round Meadow Creek Loop, the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, Laurel Hill Trail, Pinnacles of Dan Trail, and Sweet Mountain Laurel Loop. For bicyclists, I.C. DeHart Park offers roughly 12 miles of lovely and diverse mountain-biking trails. If your interest is in motorsports, you will certainly want to visit Rolling Thunder Raceway in Ararat.
Finally, Primland Resort offers venues for ATV tours, disc golf, golf, hunting, fishing, and a beautiful resort facility with spa and higher end dining. The local rivers and lakes offer opportunities for canoeing and kayaking.
Patrick County is home to several family farms that have been passed down through generations and remain important to the area. Doe Run Farm is a full-blown operation that is open to visitors. You can see water buffalo at Mulberry Farm, Wade’s Orchard offers a variety of fruits, as does HC Harold Orchard. There are also two wineries that are popular with visitors and locals: Stanburn and Villa Appalaccia. And much of the produce and products from these farms are for sale at the Stuart Farmers’ Market.
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