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Emporia is an independent city located within the confines of Greensville County in Virginia.
The population was 5,665 at the 2000 census.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Emporia with surrounding Greensville county
for statistical purposes.
It is the county seat of Greensville County.
The Town of Hicksford (also sometimes called Hick's Ford) was settled in 1710 in the Virginia Colony,
where the Fort Road of eastern Virginia crossed the Meherrin River en route to Fort Christiana.
After statehood, the Town of Belfield was established in 1798 on the north bank of the river.
The two Greensville County towns merged in 1887 to form the new incorporated town of Emporia,
which was named after the town of Emporia, Kansas.
The Town Emporia was re-chartered by the Virginia General Assembly as an independent city in 1967.
Emporia has long been a transportation crossroads.
Currently, a major north-south railroad line of CSX Transportation crosses with an east-west line
of Norfolk Southern.
East-west U.S. Route 58 crosses north-south U.S. Route 301 as well.
The town has several budget chain restaurants and economy motels because of its proximity to
north-south Interstate 95, which was the first section of Interstate highway completed in Virginia.
Emporia is the home of NASCAR drivers Elliott Sadler and Hermie Sadler.
It is also the hometown of writer Michaelene Robinson.
Unusual for a small town, the Emporia Bicycling Club hosts regular group rides, including the annual
Great Peanut ride which attracts hundreds of bicyclists who ride to visit a peanut farm and are treated to
hearty meals and live entertainment at camp.
Located at the north edge of the "cotton belt", soybeans, pine and hardwood lumber,
and tobacco are also grown around Emporia.
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