Cedar Bluff, Virginia

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Town of Cedar Bluff, Virginia
Cedar Bluff Virginia Town Square
Cedar Bluff Virginia Town Square
Official seal of Town of Cedar Bluff, Virginia
"A Rich Historical Heritage"
Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 37°5′17″N 81°45′53″W / 37.08806°N 81.76472°W / 37.08806; -81.76472Coordinates: 37°5′17″N 81°45′53″W / 37.08806°N 81.76472°W / 37.08806; -81.76472
CountryUnited States
 • TypeTown Manager Plan
 • MayorLee Dye
 • Total2.13 sq mi (5.51 km2)
 • Land2.09 sq mi (5.41 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
1,962 ft (598 m)
 • Total1,137
 • Estimate 
 • Density479.43/sq mi (185.08/km2)
 U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Population Estimates
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)276
FIPS code51-13784[3]
GNIS feature ID1500063[4]

Cedar Bluff is a town in Tazewell County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1,139 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area, which has a population of 107,578.


Historic Cedar Bluff Carriage Tour

Cedar Bluff is a 19th century mill town located on the banks of the Clinch River in Tazewell County, Virginia. Centered around the Old Kentucky Turnpike, a street looking much as it did when the Virginia Legislature chartered the thoroughfare in 1848, the nationally listed historic district extends from the restored old grist mill to the 1873 birthplace of Virginia Governor George C. Peery.

Cedar Bluff is the home of the Clinch Valley Blanket Mill which housed the Goodwin weavers, in operation from 1890 through World War II.

The Virginia Civil War Trails project includes a Cedar Bluff battle site, with two markers detailing the event. There are also several marked graves of Civil War Soldiers in the historic Jones Chapel Cemetery located in the West end of Cedar Bluff.

In addition, Cedar Bluff is home to the Cedar Bluff Overlook Park located high on a bluff overlooking the Clinch River and the downtown area of Cedar Bluff. Along the Overlook Trail, there are interpretive signs with information on the Clinch River habitat, including federally listed endangered species, as well as information on the geology of the bluff itself.

Also in Cedar Bluff there are ruins of the old McGuire Mill dam with the adjoining picnic area and access to the Clinch River.

The Clinch Valley Roller Mills and Old Kentucky Turnpike Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]


Cedar Bluff is located at 37°5′17″N 81°45′53″W / 37.08806°N 81.76472°W / 37.08806; -81.76472 (37.088073, −81.764803).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,002[2]−11.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,085 people, 475 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density was 473.7 people per square mile (182.9/km2). There were 535 housing units at an average density of 233.6 per square mile (90.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.99% White, 0.18% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

There were 475 households, out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,375, and the median income for a family was $30,357. Males had a median income of $30,982 versus $20,667 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,664. About 11.9% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.4% of those under age 18 and 23.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

George C. Peery


  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 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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