“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Richlands in Tazewell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Richlands Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2017
1. Richlands Marker
Inscription. This fertile region was known as Richlands from an early period. In 1782 and later Richlands was a militia station for frontier defense. The town was laid off in 1890, with the coming of the Norfolk and Western Railroad, and was incorporated in 1891. It is the center of an agricultural section.
Erected 1941 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number XL-4.)
Location. 37° 5.691′ N, 81° 49.575′ W. Marker is in Richlands, Virginia, in Tazewell County. Marker is at the intersection of Governor George C. Peery Highway (U.S. 469) and Patterson Street, on the right when traveling west on Governor George C. Peery Highway. Touch for map. It is at the entrance to Clinch Valley Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Richlands VA 24641, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smith’s Fort (approx. 7.2 miles away); Maiden Springs Fort (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Home and Grave of David Musick (approx. 10.4 miles away); Buchanan County / Russell County (approx. 11.3 miles away); Mathias Harman, Sr. (approx. 11.9 miles away); Frances Dickenson Scott Johnson (approx. 15.8 miles away).
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Richlands Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2017
2. Richlands Marker
 Wikipedia entry for Richlands Historic District. Richlands Historic District is a national historic district located at Richlands, Tazewell County, Virginia. The district encompasses 91 contributing buildings in the central business district of the town of Richlands. It includes residential, commercial, and institutional buildings dating from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries. Notable buildings include the W.B.F. White and Sons Hardware building (c. 1892), Bank of Richlands (c. 1890), Norfolk and Western Railroad Section House (c. 1889), First Christian Church (1908), First United Methodist Church, and Richlands Presbyterian Church. Also located in the district is the separately listed Clinch Valley Coal and Iron Company Office. (Submitted on July 2, 2017.) 
Additional comments.
1. Clinch Valley Division, Norfolk and Western Railway
Richlands was a stop (at milepost 40.7) of this branch line of the Norfolk and Western railway. The Clinch Valley Division ran some 103 miles from Norton through Richlands and Honaker and on to Bluefield. The December 1925 Official Guide to the Railways shows two trains a day in each direction, Trains 5 and 6 and trains 11 and 12. Trains 5 and 6 carried parlor cars—first class cars with seat-side drink and snack service—on the 6 hour and 16 minute run. From Richlands, the trip to Bluefield was was two hours. There you could change to trains with through cars to New York via Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia.
    — Submitted July 2, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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