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Welcome to Selma ...

Selma is located in Alleghany County<1>.

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

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

Selma is 1,140 feet [347 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The area code for Selma: (540)

Communities Also Named Selma ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Virginia communities named Selma: This one is located in Alleghany County and the other is located in Staunton City.

Beyond Virginia, there are 30 communities that are also named Selma - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois (2), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Montana, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas (2) and Utah.

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

Communities near Selma ...

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

  • Covington [Covington City]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Covington
    • Covington [Covington City] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the west of Selma
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,639 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Covington have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Covington
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Covington<6>
  • Iron Gate [Alleghany County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Iron Gate
    • Iron Gate [Alleghany County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<5> to the east of Selma
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 352 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Iron Gate have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Iron Gate
  • Haden [Botetourt County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haden
    • Haden [Botetourt County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the south of Selma
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Haden have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haden
  • Rich Patch [Alleghany County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rich Patch
    • Rich Patch [Alleghany County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Selma
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rich Patch
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Griffith [Alleghany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Griffith
      • Griffith [Alleghany County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Selma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Griffith have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Griffith
    • Carloover [Bath County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carloover
      • Carloover [Bath County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the north of Selma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carloover
    • Healing Springs [Bath County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Healing Springs
      • Healing Springs [Bath County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the north of Selma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Healing Springs
    • Greenwood [Bath County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenwood
      • Greenwood [Bath County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northwest of Selma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Moss Run [Alleghany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moss Run
      • Moss Run [Alleghany County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the west of Selma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moss Run
    • Mitchelltown [Bath County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mitchelltown
      • Mitchelltown [Bath County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the north of Selma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mitchelltown

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

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

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Selma ...

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

Adding Selma to Our Gazetteer ...

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

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Selma was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Selma on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Virginia (1911).

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Alleghany County: www.co.alleghany.va.us/

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 Alleghany, 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 have 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 Selma 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 Selma may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Selma - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Selma) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Selma. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SelmaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Selma. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8065, Longitude: -79.8481       In this case, the coordinates for Selma have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>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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