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Wakefield

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Gift & Specialty Shops
Wakefield is an incorporated town in Sussex County, Virginia, United States. The population was 927 at the 2010 census.Wakefield is widely known for the Virginia Diner, the Airfield Conference and 4-H Educational Center and the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office for Eastern Virginia, which issues weather alerts for the region.Wakefield also hosts the Virginia Shad Planking.GeographyWakefield is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles, of which, 1.2 square miles of it is land and 0.04 square miles of it is water.HistoryWakefield, one of several stops along the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad in pre-civil war Virginia, is thought to have been named by William Mahone(1826-1895), then president of the N&P, and his wife Otelia Butler Mahone as they traveled the newly completed railroad in 1858. According to local lore, the name came from the Sir Walter Scott novel Ivanhoe, which Mrs. Mahone was reading at the time. The towns of Windsor and Waverly are said to have received their names the same way.DemographicsAs of the 2010 United States Census, there were 927 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the town was 50.6% Black, 46.1% White, 0.3% Native American, 1.5% Asian and 0.6% from two or more races. 0.9% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Plantation Peanuts of Wakefield
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Duration: 2 hours

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State Park
Chippokes Plantation State Park Surry
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Historic Site
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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College Run Farms Surry
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Winery / Vineyard
Hampton Roads Winery Surry
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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