The Town of Waverly was established in 1854 and first incorporated in 1879.
Comprising three square miles with a population of a little over 2,000, Waverly has produced more state senators and delegate members to the Virginia General Assembly than any Virginia town under 3,000 people.
The track of the former Norfolk & Petersburg Railroad (now Norfolk Southern) runs through the Town. Tradition has it the Town took its name from the novel Waverley (1814), Sir Walter Scott being a favorite author of Otelia Mahone, wife of N&P chief engineer William Mahone, the couple being credited with naming the whistle-stops along the newly completed rail line.
The light where Route 460 and Route 40 cross marks the center of Town, which is convenient distances from historic venues in Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Jamestown. But Waverly is a destination in its own right.
Just down from the light off 460 heading west is the Miles B. Carpenter Museum. Its collection of hundreds of carvings by renowned folk artist Miles Carpenter is perhaps the largest public collection of his works in the world. To the east the Town is hemmed by the Piney Grove Conservatory, home to the last breeding population in Virginia of Picoides Borealis, the red-cockaded woodpecker.
Waverly’s downtown is a mix of modern and Classical Revival buildings, some with Art Deco embellishments. It is listed as the Waverly Downtown Historic District in both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
Whether headed to the beach or stopping for lunch or just having a look around, Waverly is a great small town destination.
"Waverly offers you 'Small Town America' right next to Virginia's Urban Corridor. Check us out as you roam, Waverly could be your next home!"
– Gary Williams, County Clerk
Points of Interest
Agnes Taylor Gray Library
125 Bank Street
Miles B. Carpenter Museum
Complex 201 Hunter Street
(Includes the First Peanut Museum In the U.S.A.)
State Route 632, South Of Junction At State Route 608
Town of Waverly
Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Angela McPhaul, Mayor
Franklin Cox, Council President
Allen Bernstorf, Councilman
Van Turner, Councilman
Miriam Edwards, Councilwoman
Craig Hines, Councilman
Kathleen Mayes, Clerk of Council
Patricia Parks, Treasurer
Raven Sims, Administrative Assistant
Darryl Davis, Chief of Police
Pam Jones, Communications Supervisor