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Statistics & Facts

The Virginia state capital is Richmond.
The population of Gretna is approximately 1,210 (2006), 1267 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 635 (2000), 600 (2010).
The amount of land area in Gretna is 2.756 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Gretna is 1.07 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.058 sq kilometers.
The distance from Gretna to Washington DC is 189 miles.
The distance to the Virginia state capital is 114 miles. (as the crow flies)
Gretna is positioned 36.95 degrees north of the equator and 79.36 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Gretna elevation is 844 feet above sea level.
Gretna per capita income is $ 14,397 (2000).
Gretna median income is $ 24,600 (2005).
The Gretna median home price is $ 85,500 (2005).


in south-central Virginia about 33 miles from Lynchburg and about 68 miles from Greensboro, North Carolina. Other nearby communities include Chatham, Hurt, Altavista, Penhook, North Shore, Union Hall, Westlake Corner and Danville.

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History & History Related Items

The town was founded back in the mid-1800s when a Mr. Dillard deeded the land for the future town to a Mr. Talbot as a payment for his substituting for Dillard during the Civil War. A railroad right-of-way was given to the Lynchburg & Danville Railroad in 1872 in return for the benefit of the railroad coming through town. The construction began immediately and was finished in 1874. The Franklin & Pittsylvania Railroad came in 1879 with passenger and freight service. The community was then known as Elba. As time went on churches, schools and businesses were opened in Elba.

The town was incorporated in 1901 as Elba but on 21 March 1914, the name was changed to Gretna. The name came from Gretna Greens located in Scotland.
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Gretna City Government

Town of Gretna official website

Gretna Town Office
107 S Shelton St
P.O. Box 602
Gretna, VA 24557
Phone: 434-656-6572

Gretna Chamber

Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
8653 US Highway 29
Post Office Box 99
Blairs, Virginia 24527
Phone: (434) 836-6990

Gretna Office Walk-in traffic only
101 Center Street
Gretna, VA 24557

Gretna Organizations

Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
8653 US Highway 29
Post Office Box 99
Blairs, Virginia 24527
Phone: (434) 836-6990

Gretna Office Walk-in traffic only
101 Center Street
Gretna, VA 24557

Gretna Libraries

Gretna Public Library
207 A Coffey Street
Gretna, VA 24557
Phone: 434-656-2579
Pittsylvania County Public Library
24 Military Drive
Chatham, VA 24531
Phone 434-432-3271

Gretna Schools

Pittsylvania County Schools
P. O. Box 232
Chatham, VA 24531
Phone: (434) 432-2761
Toll-free: 1-888-440-6520
Gretna Senior High School
100 Gretna Hawk Cir
Gretna, VA 24557
Phone: 434-656-2246
Gretna Middle School
Phone: (434) 656-2217
Gretna Elementary School
302 South Franklin Blvd.
Gretna, VA 24557 Gretna


The population of Gretna was:
1990 - 1,339
2000 - 1,257
2006 - 1,210

The number of housing units was:
1990 - 595
2000 - 635

Median age:
2000 - 50.0 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 23,710
2005 - $ 24,600

Median house value:
2000 - $ 71,700
2005 - $ 85,500

Gretna is located in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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