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Clintwood, Virginia

Clintwood, Virginia
Official seal of Clintwood, Virginia
Location of Clintwood, Virginia
Location of Clintwood, Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Dickenson
 • Total 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Land 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,755 ft (535 m)
Population (2012 United States Census)
 • Total 1,383
 • Density 737.88/sq mi (282.24/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24228
Area code(s) 276
FIPS code 51-17552[1]
GNIS feature ID 1498468[2]

Clintwood is a town in Dickenson County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1383 at the 2012 United States Census. It is the county seat of Dickenson County.[3]

Although originally called Holly Creek after a small stream that runs through the town, it was later named Clintwood after Major Henry Clinton Wood, a Confederate officer in the 37th Virginia Infantry Regiment.[4]


  • Geography 1
  • Area attractions 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Notable persons 4
  • Education 5
  • Industry 6
  • Recreation 7
  • References 8


Clintwood is located at (37.150054, −82.456698).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), all of it land.

Area attractions

  • The Jettie Baker Center
  • The Ralph Stanley Museum
  • Breaks Interstate Park (Outside Haysi)
  • John W. Flanagan Dam and Reservoir
  • Bear Pen Recreation area
  • Historical Society
  • Cranes Nest River and camping/recreation area
  • Birch Knob Tower
  • Jefferson National Forest
  • Dickenson County Courthouse
  • Dickenson County Fair (usually held near Haysi in August)
  • Dickenson County Art Center & Gallery
  • Lower Twin Campground
  • Pound River Campground
  • Mountain Music Festival
  • Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Dickenson County Visitor's Center & Dr. Phipps Museum
  • Phipp's Family Memorial Park


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,549 people, 672 households, and 426 families residing in the town. The population density was 812.0 people per square mile (313.1/km²). There were 756 housing units at an average density of 396.3 per square mile (152.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.52% White, 0.19% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.13% Asian,and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52% of the population.

There were 672 households out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.65.

In the town the population was spread out with 16.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $22,663, and the median income for a family was $30,833. Males had a median income of $29,844 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,323. About 16.0% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.5% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable persons

  • In June 1948, the town of Clintwood was featured in headlines and broadcasts around the world for the election of an all-female town council. The women, Minnie "Sis" Miller, Buena Smith, Marian Shortt, Kate Friend, Ida Cunningham and Ferne Skeen, were elected to serve the town of Clintwood from 1948–50. The "Petticoat Government", as it was nicknamed, implemented change in many areas, including cleanup of the town in several campaigns, eliminating parking problems, organizing a systematic garbage disposal system and eliminating several traffic hazards as well as organizing the town's fire department and purchasing a fire truck. The town was featured prominently in publicity nationally and internationally. The "Petticoat Government" also received the attention of Lady Astor, a member of the British Parliament who expressed a desire to visit Clintwood and to see how the experiment was going. The town was also featured in broadcasts by Voice of America and the reports beamed into Soviet bloc countries.[8]
  • Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) has family ties to Clintwood, and for a short time called Clintwood home. Although born near Arlington, Virginia, Linkous' mother and father were originally from Clintwood before moving to northern Virginia in the mid-1960s. The family moved back to Dickenson County, in particular Clintwood, during the early 1970s. Linkous, his brother and mother returned to live near Front Royal, Virginia for many years. Linkous was known for his musical collaborations with such artists as Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Daniel Johnston, Radiohead, Black Francis, Julian Casablancas, Nina Persson, David Lynch, Danger Mouse, and Sage Francis. Linkous died in Knoxville, TN on March 6, 2010 at the age of 47.
  • Justin Hamilton – former star at Clintwood High School, defensive back for the Virginia Tech Hokies and former member of the National Football League's Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins football organizations, was born in Norton, VA and raised in Clintwood. Hamilton is currently the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Virginia at Wise football team.
  • Kevin Triplett – Vice President of Public Affairs for Bristol Motor Speedway, former media relations director for GM/Goodwrench, Dale Earnhardt and NASCAR. Triplett was also a one time candidate opposing Congressman Rick Boucher for the Virginia's 9th Congressional District seat.
  • Bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley is from Dickenson County and lives on Sandy Ridge in the mountains that surround Clintwood. A museum honoring his musical legacy is located in the historic district of downtown.
  • Americana/Indie/Appalachian band Foddershock call Clintwood home and their studio is located in the Blowing Rock section of Dickenson County, at the base of Birch Knob. Foddershock has self-produced and released eight albums and have had songs in movies and on the compilation CD Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2007.


  • Clintwood High School (Grades 9–12)
  • Clintwood Elementary School (Grades Pre-K – 4)
  • Longs Fork Middle School (Grades 5–6)
  • Dickenson Center for Education and Research
  • Dickenson County Career Center


  • Serco North America
  • Kids Central & Dickenson County Child Care Center
  • Range Resources
  • Dickenson Research and Education Center (many businesses also have offices here)
  • Appalachian Power
  • Marty Materials
  • Dickenson County Behavioral Health Services
  • DCWIN (Dickenson County Wireless Integrated Network)


  • Kids Korner Park
  • Walking track
  • Bear Pen Recreation Area (includes pool, park, picnic shelters, walking track, field for activities, and Pound River.)
  • Cranes Nest River and Recreation/Camping Area (includes fishing spots, multiple playgrounds, campground with RV sites, and walking/biking/horseback riding trails
  • Birch Knob Tower
  • Breaks Interstate Park
  • Lower Twin Campground
  • Pound River Campground
  • John W. Flanagan Dam and Reservoir


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Tennis, Joe (2004). Southwest Virginia Crossroads: An Almanac of Place Names and Places to See. The Overmountain Press. p. 6.  
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Short, Martha. "Petticoat Government". 
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