What if Petersburg became a town?

Prince-GeorgeThere 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 aneighborshorseswhich 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.

Stay tuned.


The Mother of Our Country

We all know about George Washington or think we do.  He is viewed as a magnificent warrior who was above politics, however he tacitly supported Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and others in their view that a strong federal government was necessary to the long life of this little republic of ours.  Sorry tea partiers … your views to the contrary are wrong.

Much thought is not given to the role Martha played in George’s life.  There isn’t much correspondence, purportedly because she burned their letters to each other upon his death.  Or did she? Maybe that wasn’t the case as this article lays out.  We know she ran the family holdings while George was off at war and … politics.  She spent winters encamped with him and the Army during the Revolution.  Had Britain prevailed George would have been hung and likely, his estate confiscated.  This was an estate which included the huge wealth and holdings Martha brought into the marriage.

I hope the historians can learn more about this remarkable woman and the recognition due to her with respect to the founding of our country.

After George Washington died, his wife burned her letters. Except these. – The Washington Post.