Waverly's History

The Town of Waverly was first established in 1854, and became an incorporated town in Sussex County, Virginia in 1879.  Legend has it that Waverly was named for Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley novels.  General William Mahone, who engineered the building of the Norfolk & Petersburg Railroad, brought his wife Otelia with him one day as he traveled to each station along the railroad.  Otelia, an avid reader of Sir Walter Scott’s novels, and was reading one of his novels as she and her husband traveled.  Tasked with naming each of the railroad stations, General Mahone sought the assistance of Otelia upon arriving at each station.  Legend has it that several stations were affectionately named after places and characters from Otelia’s beloved Scott novels.  Waverly was in reference to Scott’s Waverley novels.

The Town of Waverly’s population steadily grew over the years, reaching a height of 2,500 residents in the 1970’s & 80’s.  Waverly’s Main Street downtown is mix of modern and classical Revival buildings.

Waverly Today!

Waverly today is listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register, and its Downtown Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The town has a total area of 3.1 square miles, and approximately 2,000 residents call Waverly home. Today Waverly is the largest town in Sussex County. A variety of merchants and restaurants also call the Town of Waverly home. The town's Miles B. Carpenter Museum houses a large public collection of carvings by renowned folk artist Miles B. Carpenter. Just east of the Town of Waverly is the Piney Grove Conservatory which is home to the last breeding population in Virginia of the red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides Borealis).

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