Mineral, Virginia

Mineral, Virginia
Mineral, Virginia
—  Town  —
Location in Virginia
Coordinates: 38°0′22″N 77°54′34″W / 38.00611°N 77.90944°W / 38.00611; -77.90944Coordinates: 38°0′22″N 77°54′34″W / 38.00611°N 77.90944°W / 38.00611; -77.90944
Country United States
State Virginia
County Louisa
Founded 1890
 - Mayor Pam Harlowe
 - Total 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 - Land 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 459 ft (140 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 424
 - Density 474.7/sq mi (183.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 23117
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-52120[1]
GNIS feature ID 1495954[2]
Website http://townofmineral.com/

Mineral is a town in Louisa County, Virginia, United States. The population was 424 at the 2000 census.



Mineral was originally known as Tolersville,[3] but adopted its current name when it incorporated in 1902 due to the mining industry that supported the community. It was the center of gold mining activity in Louisa County, and during its heyday, there were fifteen gold mines located within two miles (3 km) of the town. A zinc and lead mine also operated in the area into the 1970s.


Mineral is located at 38°0′22″N 77°54′34″W / 38.00611°N 77.90944°W / 38.00611; -77.90944 (38.006117, -77.909553).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 424 people, 172 households, and 115 families residing in the town. The population density was 474.7 per square mile (183.9/km²). There were 196 housing units at an average density of 219.5/sq mi (85.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 82.8% White, 9.9% Black, and 7.3% from two or more races.

C&O Depot in Mineral.

There were 172 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $49,000. Males had a median income of $34,375 versus $24,063 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,397. About 4.5% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

2011 earthquake

At 1:51 p.m. on August 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake was centered 5 miles (8 kilometers) south-southwest of Mineral, at a depth of 3.7 miles (6 kilometers).[5] According to Associated Press, it "forced evacuations of all the monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves from Florida to Canada".[6] The roof of Mineral's town hall collapsed, and three of the six schools in the county's school system suffered heavy damage. There were no fatalities, and only minor injuries.[7]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ The town was founded by Adam Toler. He was born on November 30, 1766 in Louisa County, Virginia and died on March 20, 1813 in Chesterfield, Virginia. He was the son of William Toler and Hannah Brockman. He married in 1785 as her second husband, Mary Jerdone. She was born on January 14, 1754 at New Kent County, Virginia, the daughter of Frances Jerdone was born in Jedburgh in the Shire of Tivotdale, Scotland on January 30, 1721. He was the son of John Jerdone, a magistrate and treasurer of the town. At the age of nineteen, he immigrated to Virginia from Scotland and settled in Hanover County, Yorktown; and later in Louisa County. He made his living as a merchant (factor), running a mercantile business with George Pottie until his death in 1771. Mary Jerdone married as her first husband, in 1771, George Pottie. He died prior to 1785 when she married Adam Toler.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Magnitude 5.8 - VIRGINIA
  6. ^ "Quake rocks Washington area, felt on East Coast". Associated Press (AP). August 23, 2011. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_EAST_COAST_QUAKE?SITE=INEVA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT. 
  7. ^ Marisol Bello (August 24, 2011). "Town at epicenter assesses damage". USA TODAY. http://www.usatoday.com/news/story/2011-08-24/Town-at-epicenter-assesses-quake-damage/50118308/1. 

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