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Welcome to Decatur ...

Decatur is located in Rockbridge County<1>.

The location of Decatur has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Decatur, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

When the people of Decatur refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Decaturian<3>

Decatur is 1,580 feet [482 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Decatur lies within the (540) area code.

Communities Also Named Decatur ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are two Virginia communities named Decatur: This one is located in Rockbridge County and the other is located in Stafford County.

Beyond Virginia, there are 20 communities that are also named Decatur - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

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

Communities near Decatur ...

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

  • Lexington
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
  • Buena Vista
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buena Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buena Vista
    • Buena Vista is located in Buena Vista City
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,402 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buena Vista <5>
  • Glasgow
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
  • Craigsville
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
  • Goshen
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Marlbrook
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marlbrook
    • Marlbrook is located in Rockbridge County
  • Riverside
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Riverside have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riverside
    • Riverside is located in Rockbridge County
  • East Lexington
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Lexington
    • East Lexington is located in Rockbridge County
  • Steeles Tavern
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
  • Newport
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newport
    • Newport is located in Augusta County

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 Decatur. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Decatur.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Decatur. 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 Decatur.

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Decatur ...

Looking for more information about Decatur? 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Decatur, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Decatur.

Adding Decatur to Our Gazetteer ...

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

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Decatur was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Decatur.

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Rockbridge, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>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 Decatur 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 Decatur may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Decatur - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>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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