There have been a number of articles recently in both the Richmond Times-Dispatch and in the Petersburg Progress-Index noting that Petersburg leaders are quietly discussing reversion as a slight, but not likely, possibility. Surrounding counties are also discussing the aspect of such a reversion, Prince George included.
In reversion a city, if it meetings threshold requirements, may become a town within the county in which it is located. Three cities have already reverted South Boston, Clifton Forge, and Bedford. South Boston was finally allowed to revert after Halifax County had unsuccessfully fought off the reversion in court.
Basically, when a town reverts it melts back into its county, retaining a town council, certain town officials and other distinct privileges. This is after a petition to the General Assembly and a special court appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia to evaluate the merits of the reversion case and to determine the particulars about how debt, taxation, and other matters will be transitioned.
But were Petersburg were to revert … to which county would it melt into? Ostensibly, originally Petersburg came out of Prince George County which was created by royal grant in 1703. Petersburg was incoporated in 1748. Chesterfield County was created in 1749 and Petersburg later was enlarged. Did that come 28 acres come from Prince George or Chesterfield. It was one or the other because Dinwiddie County was not created until 1762. Of course, there were subsequent annexations from Prince George and Dinwiddie in the centuries which followed. All of these dates are from Wikipedia and are used only for illustrative purposes to denote the convoluted history of our counties and the City of Petersburg.
A big task might be to determine what parts of Petersburg revert to which counties and which counties have the economic resources and population to absorb which parts of Petersburg? Petersburg might become the first town in Prince George in Prince George County. That would end the pride I have in telling family and friends who live in other states that Prince George County has no towns or cities. We have goats, cows, and horses such as those who belong to my neighbors.