Mineral, Virginia

Mineral, Virginia
C&O Depot in Mineral
C&O Depot in Mineral
Location in Virginia
Location in Virginia
Coordinates: 38°0′22″N 77°54′34″W / 38°0′22″N 77°54′34″W / 38.00611; -77.90944
CountryUnited States
 • MayorPam Harlowe
 • Total0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 • Land0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation459 ft (140 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total424
 • Density474.7/sq mi (183.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code23117
Area code(s)540
FIPS code51-52120[1]
GNIS feature ID1495954[2]

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.

Cuckoo, Harris-Poindexter House and Store, and the Mineral Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

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.

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