Burkeville, Virginia
Central Burkeville
Central Burkeville
Location of Burkeville, Virginia
Location of Burkeville, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°11′14″N 78°12′6″W / 37.18722°N 78.20167°W / 37.18722; -78.20167
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
 • Land1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
548 ft (167 m)
 • Total432
 • Estimate 
 • Density398.60/sq mi (153.92/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code434
FIPS code51-11560[3]
GNIS feature ID1464115[4]

Burkeville is an incorporated town in Nottoway County, Virginia, United States. The population was 432 at the 2010 census. The source of the town name is disputed. The town is located at the crossroads of U.S. routes 360 and 460.

Major employers


The Town of Burkeville, Virginia was established in 1877.

Burksville and Jennings Ordinary area of Nottoway County, Virginia, 1864

Burkeville was named either for a tavern or for a Samuel Burke, and was formerly called "Burke's Junction". It was founded at the junction of the Richmond and Danville Railroad and the Southside Railroad in the mid-nineteenth century.[5] The Southside became the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad in 1870, then a line in the Norfolk and Western Railway, and finally a line in the Norfolk Southern Railway.

The rail line from Burkeville to Pamplin City, after being abandoned, was converted by the Virginia Department of Parks and Recreation into High Bridge Trail State Park. The state of Virginia has still yet to complete the portion from approximately 1 mile out into the town of Burkeville as of July 1, 2023.

The last major Civil War battle in the Appomattox campaign was fought nearby at Sayler's Creek on April 6, 1865. Here were unconditionally surrendered more men than in any other battle on American soil. General Robert E. Lee's depleted forces lost over 7,000 men killed, wounded, or taken prisoner either at Sayler's Creek or at General John B. Gordon's engagement the same day, a few miles west. Lee surrendered at Appomattox three days later.

Ella Graham Agnew was appointed in 1910 by the United States Department of Agriculture to be the first State Agent for women, and was the first woman to be appointed by the Department to represent it in the field. She had moved to the town as a baby and was later buried in the community's Sunset Cemetery.

Burke's Tavern, Hyde Park, and Inverness are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]


Burkeville is located at 37°11′14″N 78°12′6″W / 37.18722°N 78.20167°W / 37.18722; -78.20167 (37.187, -78.202).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km2), of which 1.0 square miles (2.6 km2) is land and 0.99% is water.

Twin Lakes State Park (formerly Prince Edward–Goodwin Lake State Park) is to the west of town.


Historical population
2019 (est.)399[2]−7.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 489 people, 206 households, and 134 families residing in the town. The population density was 486.3 people per square mile (186.9/km2). There were 248 housing units, at an average density of 246.6 per square mile (94.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 62.78% White, 34.76% African American, 1.02% from other races, 1.43% from two or more races, and 1.43% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 206 households, out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.37, and the average family size was 2.95.

23.3% of the population was under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% aged 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

The median household income was $29,821, and the median family income was $39,688. Males had a median income of $23,542, versus $21,442 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,947. About 7.8% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ Edwards, Richard (1855). Statistical Gazetteer of the State of Virginia. Richmond, Virginia: Richard Edwards. p. 193.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.