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The 1888-built Carson Depot Library where both Prince George County and Dinwiddie County can be seen.
The 1888-built Carson Depot Library where both Prince George County and Dinwiddie County can be seen.
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Coordinates: 37°2′7.01″N 77°23′44.02″W / 37.0352806°N 77.3955611°W / 37.0352806; -77.3955611Coordinates: 37°2′7.01″N 77°23′44.02″W / 37.0352806°N 77.3955611°W / 37.0352806; -77.3955611
Country United States
State Virginia
County Dinwiddie
Prince George
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
23830

Carson is an unincorporated community in Prince George County, Virginia, United States, located between Petersburg and Stony Creek, just west of Interstate 95.

The community is divided between Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties along the former Petersburg Railroad railroad line, which was acquired by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of Virginia and is now part of the CSX North End Subdivision.

History

Carson was put on the map by virtue of the railroad that divides it. Carson is located on CSX's North End Subdivision, which sees approximately 30-40 trains per day, between Petersburg and the Virginia/North Carolina state line. Most of the same trains traveling between Petersburg and Richmond on CSX also pass through Carson. It is said that Carson got its name from a telegram sent during a train derailment which read "cars off cars on". On the east side of the railroad tracks is Prince George County, while on the west side is Dinwiddie County.

Carson Depot Library

The town of Carson first received library service from the Appomattox Regional Library System through an established book mobile stop in 1975. A renovated 1888 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad train station building opened as the Carson Depot Branch Library in October 1991. An authentic Norfolk and Western Railway caboose joined it in 2002.

U.S. Post Office

Carson is home to a local post office which serves the ZIP code 23830. The service area extends from the intersection of Halifax Rd. and Lansing Rd. south to the Prince George/Sussex county line, and extends several miles east into Prince George County and west into Dinwiddie County.

The original Carson post office was attached to a local general store which caught fire and burned down both the post office and the store in the 1980s. A separate building was erected to replace the former and house the current post office which sits next to the Bank of Southside Virginia.

In summer 2012 both rural routes which serve the 23830 ZIP code were relocated to the more centralized Stony Creek post office. As a result, the Carson post office has become a strictly P.O. box and retail sales office. Outgoing mail is still accepted and dispatched from the office daily.

In February 2015, the weekday operating hours were reduced from eight to six hours per day. Saturday hours were not reduced but were realigned to better serve the community. As a result of the hours change, the Carson Post Office Postmaster position was eliminated and is now staffed instead by a single clerk.

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