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Welcome to Alton ...

Alton is located in Halifax County<1>.

When the people of Alton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Altonian<2>

Alton is 580 feet [177 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Alton lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Alton is within the boundaries of the (434) area code.

The ZIP code for Alton: 24520<4>

Websites for Alton ...

Chamber of Commerce:   www.halifaxchamber.net/

Although we don't have any websites that are specific to Alton, the following might be of interest:

Adding Alton to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Alton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Alton elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Alton on a Rand McNally Map of Virginia (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Alton on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Alton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 37 communities that are also named Alton - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia (2), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maine, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario (3), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas (2), Utah and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alton.

Communities near Alton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Alton.

  • Roxboro [Person County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roxboro
    • Roxboro [Person County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the south of Alton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 8,309 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roxboro have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roxboro
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roxboro<7>
  • South Boston [Halifax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Boston
    • South Boston [Halifax County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Alton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 7,588 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Boston have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Boston
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for South Boston<7>
  • Halifax [Halifax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halifax
    • Halifax [Halifax County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the north of Alton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,210 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halifax
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Halifax<7>
  • Milton [Caswell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milton
    • Milton [Caswell County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the west of Alton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 147 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Milton have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Milton<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Virgilina [Halifax County]
    • Scottsburg [Fluvanna County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scottsburg
      • Scottsburg [Fluvanna County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northeast of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 128 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scottsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scottsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scottsburg<7>
    • Cluster Springs [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cluster Springs
      • Cluster Springs [Halifax County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the northeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cluster Springs
    • Concord [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Concord
      • Concord [Person County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the south of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Concord have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Concord
    • Semora [Caswell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Semora
      • Semora [Caswell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Semora have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Semora
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Semora<7>
    • Hicks Village [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hicks Village
      • Hicks Village [Person County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hicks Village have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hicks Village

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alton. See our Newspapers Page for Alton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alton ...

Looking for more information about Alton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Alton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Alton.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Halifax, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Alton refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Alton may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Alton). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Alton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alton) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.5732, Longitude: -79.0028    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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