Colonial Heights, Virginia
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Colonial Heights
Independent city
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Boulevard, in Colonial Heights, Virginia
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Colonial Heights is located in Virginia
Colonial Heights
Colonial Heights
Colonial Heights is located in the US
Colonial Heights
Colonial Heights
Location in the State of Virginia
Coordinates: 37°14?38?N 77°24?38?W / 37.24389°N 77.41056°W / 37.24389; -77.41056Coordinates: 37°14?38?N 77°24?38?W / 37.24389°N 77.41056°W / 37.24389; -77.41056
Country United States
State Virginia
County None (Independent city)
Incorporated (town) 1926
Incorporated (city) 1948
Government
 o Mayor C. Scott Davis
Area
 o Independent city 7.8 sq mi (20 km2)
 o Land 7.5 sq mi (19 km2)
 o Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)  3.7%
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Population (2010)
 o Independent city 17,411
 o Density 2,321/sq mi (896/km2)
 o Metro 1,126,262
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 o Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 804
FIPS code 51-18448[1]
GNIS feature ID 1496852[2]
Website colonialheightsva.gov

Colonial Heights is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,411.[3] The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Colonial Heights (along with the City of Petersburg) with Dinwiddie County for statistical purposes.

Colonial Heights is located in the Tri-Cities area of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

History

Like much of eastern Virginia, the site of Colonial Heights was located within the Algonquian-speaking confederation known as Tenakomakah, ruled by Chief Powhatan, when the English colonists arrived at Jamestown on May 14, 1607. Captain John Smith's early map of Virginia testifies that the present area of Colonial Heights included the principal town of the Appamattuck subtribe, led by their weroance, Coquonasum, and his sister, Oppussoquionuske. In the aftermath of the Indian attacks of 1622 and 1644, the Appamattuck became tributary to England and relocated to nearby Ettrick, and its opposite bank, near Fort Henry (within modern-day Petersburg, Virginia).

The area including present-day Colonial Heights was made a part of "Henrico Cittie", one of 4 huge "incorporations" formed in the Virginia Colony in 1619 by the London Company. English colonists first settled in the Colonial Heights area in 1620. A small group sailed up the Appomattox River looking for clear land, and finally settled in an area where Swift Creek runs into the Appomattox River, which they named Conjurer's Neck. This confluence was formerly the residence of a Native American healer (known as a "conjurer") who was thought to have cast spells over the waters.

Shortly thereafter, Charles Magnor registered the first land patent in the area for 650 acres (2.6 km2), which he later developed into a plantation before selling it in 1634. That same year, by order of King Charles I of England, the Virginia Colony was divided into the 8 original shires of Virginia by the House of Burgesses, one of which was Henrico County, which included the future land of Colonial Heights.

In 1635, the English had a small town called Appamattucks near the "Old Towne" Creek,[4] thought to be located near the intersection of Temple Avenue and Dimmock Parkway.[5] Also in that year, Captain Henry Fleet and Francis Poythress built a small fort nearby, on "Fleet's Hill" just west of the current city, now occupied by the campus of Virginia State University.

During the period from 1677 to 1685, one of the area's historic landmarks was constructed with the building of the Old Brick House. Richard Kennon came to Virginia prior to 1670, and became a merchant of Bermuda Hundred. He represented Henrico County in the House of Burgesses. His son, Richard Kennon, Jr., was also a member of the House of Burgesses and married the daughter of Col. Robert Bolling, the emigrant, and his second wife, the former Anne Stith. Richard's sister, Mary Kennon, was married to Major John Fairfax Bolling, half-brother of Richard's wife. Major Bolling was the son of Col. Robert Bolling and his first wife Jane Rolfe, who was granddaughter of the early colonist John Rolfe and his Native American wife, Pocahontas. The Bollings lived at Cobb's, a plantation in eastern Chesterfield near Point-of-Rocks.

The plantation house built by Richard Kennon (later known as the "Brick House") is now thought to be the oldest permanent structure in Colonial Heights. One wall of the house survived a disastrous fire in 1879, and the rest was rebuilt. [1]

In 1749, an area south of the James River was divided from Henrico County by the House of Burgesses, and named Chesterfield County. The area which became Colonial Heights was to remain in Chesterfield County for almost 200 more years, until 1948.

The name "Colonial Heights" results from an incident during the American Revolutionary War. In May 1781, the French troops of General Marquis de Lafayette, known as the Coloniels, advanced south from Richmond and deployed artillery on the heights overlooking Petersburg from across the Appomattox River. The area thereafter came to be known as "Colonial Heights", and the name was given to a subdivision of the Oak Hill tract in 1906.

A historic site, Oak Hill, on Carroll Avenue, also called Archer's, Hector's, or Dunn's Hill, consisted of two one-story weatherboarded structures connected by a deep inside porch that extends from an uncovered section toward the street. From the lawn of this house, in May 1781, General Lafayette -- with cannon behind a boxwood hedge that still fringes the hill -- shelled Petersburg, then occupied by British troops under Major-General William Phillips (who died of typhoid during this bombardment).

The area also became involved in operations during the American Civil War. General Robert E. Lee made his headquarters at Violet Bank from June through September during the Siege of Petersburg in 1864.

In 1926, Colonial Heights became an incorporated town in Chesterfield County. Originally seeking to be annexed by the City of Petersburg, in the face of overwhelming public support, a judges ruling instead saw Colonial Heights designated an incorporated town. [6]

It was incorporated as a city in 1948; under Virginia law, it separated from Chesterfield County and became an independent city. Its current charter was granted in 1960. From 1960 to 1970, Colonial Heights experienced a period of rapid growth as the population jumped from 9,587 to 15,097.

In the mid-1980s, completion of the State Route 144 (Temple Avenue Connector) and a new bridge across the Appomattox River provided access to State Route 36 near Fort Lee. The new road and bridge effectively opened a large previously isolated tract of land along the southeastern edge of the city for commercial development. There, the regional Southpark Mall and many other retail businesses and offices were built.

On August 6, 1993, an F4 tornado (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) passed through Colonial Heights. It caused extensive damage to the Southpark Mall and collapsed the roof of an old Wal Mart (now Sam's Club) store. It also did extensive damage in Petersburg and Hopewell. In the Tri-Cities area, the tornado killed 4 people (3 in Wal-Mart & 1 in Prince George), injured 246, and caused an estimated $50 million in property damage.

On April 28, 2008, an EF1 tornado (max. wind speeds 86-110 mph) produced a near two mile (3 km) long, though discontinuous, path through Colonial Heights. The tornado first touched down near the Colonial Heights Middle School football field, damaging the field clubhouse roof, then causing roof damage and spill onto I-95 from Medallion Pool business. The tornado then jumped I-95 and touched down again in the Dimmock Square Shopping Center. Several cars were flipped and piled in the parking lot of a strip mall (which had extensive roof damage) that is less than a tenth of a mile from the site of the old Wal Mart which was destroyed by an F4 tornado on August 6, 1993. The tornado then continued across Temple Avenue, causing tree and roof damage in the neighborhood near Fine Drive and Puddledock Road (in Prince George County) before lifting for good. The tornado injured 21 and caused an estimated $10 million in property damage.

Historical attractions

Two area attractions with historic roots are Violet Bank and Swift Creek Mill. There are also several parks in the area, including Fort Clifton Park and White Bank Park.

Colonial Heights is also home of the largest Arby's restaurant in the world.

Geography

Colonial Heights is located at 37°15?44?N 77°24?9?W / 37.26222°N 77.40250°W / 37.26222; -77.40250 (37.262257, -77.402728).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20.2 km2), of which 7.5 square miles (19.4 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km2) of it (3.7%) is water.[7]

Colonial Heights is located on just north of the Appomattox River across from the modern-day City of Petersburg at the river's fall line It is located south of Chesterfield County (practically surrounded by it except for a south border with Petersburg) and in some areas, Swift Creek divides the city from the county.

Adjacent county / Independent city

Demographics

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 16,897 people, 7,027 households, and 4,722 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,260.3 people per square mile (872.2/km²). There were 7,340 housing units at an average density of 981.9 per square mile (378.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.66% White, 13.81% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 3.24% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 4.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,027 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $52,529, and the median income for a family was $66,381. Males had a median income of $39,900 versus $28,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,282. About 7.42% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

Major Highways

Education

Elementary and secondary

Colonial Heights Middle School

The City of Colonial Heights is served by Colonial Heights Public Schools. There are three elementary schools, Lakeview Elementary School, North Elementary School, Tussing Elementary School; one middle school, Colonial Heights Middle School; and one high school, Colonial Heights High School. All of the schools are accredited by the Virginia Board of Education and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Private schools

There is one private Christian school in Colonial Heights: Evangel Christian School.

Higher education

The area is served by three schools of higher education:

Economy

Top employers

According to the City of Colonial Height's 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[14] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Wal-Mart 650
2 Colonial Heights Public Schools 615
3 City of Colonial Heights 348
4 VDOT 250
5 Randstad 235
6 Colonial Heights Health Care and Rehabilitation Center 229
7 Red Lobster & Olive Garden 200
8 J. C. Penney 189
9 Martin's Food Markets 187
10 Care Advantage 169

Media

Colonial Heights has two weekly periodicals, both free publications:

  • The Colonial Voice, published by the Petersburg Progress-Index.
  • Colonial Heights Patriot, published by the Hopewell Publishing Company.

Notable natives

Politics

Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 67.2% 5,681 28.0% 2,367 4.8% 409
2012 68.9% 5,941 29.5% 2,544 1.6% 139
2008 69.6% 6,161 29.0% 2,562 1.4% 126
2004 74.5% 6,129 25.0% 2,061 0.5% 41
2000 70.9% 5,519 27.0% 2,100 2.1% 163
1996 66.6% 4,632 25.6% 1,782 7.8% 539
1992 63.1% 5,298 20.5% 1,721 16.4% 1,381
1988 78.6% 6,001 20.7% 1,581 0.7% 56
1984 83.7% 6,387 16.0% 1,218 0.3% 25
1980 71.0% 5,012 24.0% 1,692 5.1% 359
1976 61.9% 4,291 34.7% 2,409 3.4% 234
1972 88.0% 5,304 9.0% 541 3.0% 183
1968 49.0% 2,650 12.0% 650 39.0% 2,113
1964 66.9% 2,420 33.1% 1,198 0.1% 2
1960 53.2% 1,372 46.4% 1,198 0.4% 11
1956 47.7% 1,037 44.0% 956 8.2% 179
1952 51.7% 896 48.2% 835 0.1% 1

See also

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ Friends of Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) Newsletter, 2006
  5. ^ Progress Index article, May 13, 2007
  6. ^ "How Colonial Heights came to be". progress-index.com. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ City of Colonial Heights CAFR
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Further reading

  • Hawkins, David W., History of Colonial Heights (August, 1947) Virginia Municipal Review.

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