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Welcome to Laurel ...

Laurel is located in Henrico County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Laurel, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1933.

When the people of Laurel refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use terms like Laurelite or Laurelian.<2>

Laurel is 210 feet [64 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The telephone area code for Laurel: (804)

Communities Also Named Laurel ...

While we believe that this Laurel is located in Henrico County, we know of another 2 Virginia communities named Laurel. Those communities are located in the following counties: Russell and Wise County.

Beyond Virginia, there are 40 communities that are also named Laurel - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California (3), Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky (2), Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina (2), Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania (4), Quebec, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee (2), Texas, Washington (2) and West Virginia.

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

Communities near Laurel ...

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

  • Richmond
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Ashland
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
  • Chamberlayne
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the east)
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    • Chamberlayne is located in Henrico County
  • Tuckahoe
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
  • Atlee Station
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Atlee Station
    • Atlee Station is located in Hanover County
  • Short Pump
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
  • Gwathmey
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gwathmey have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gwathmey
    • Gwathmey is located in Hanover County
  • Tuckahoe Village
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tuckahoe Village
    • Tuckahoe Village is located in Henrico County
  • Wyndham
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wyndham
    • Wyndham is located in Henrico County
  • Chippenham Village
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chippenham Village have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chippenham Village
    • Chippenham Village is located in Richmond 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 Laurel. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Laurel.

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

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Laurel ...

Looking for more information about Laurel? 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 Laurel, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Laurel.

Adding Laurel to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Laurel 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 Laurel was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Laurel in the book titled .<6> From that list, the Laurel post office opened in 1933.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Laurel.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Laurel. 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 Henrico, 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 Laurel 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 Laurel may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Laurel - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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.
<6>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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