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Earls, Virginia
Earls, Virginia is located in Virginia
Earls, Virginia
Earls, Virginia
Location in Virginia
Earls, Virginia is located in the United States
Earls, Virginia
Earls, Virginia
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Virginia
County Amelia
Elevation
330 ft (100 m)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
23002
Area code(s) 804
GNIS feature ID 1499368

Earls is a rural unincorporated community in Amelia County in the U.S. state of Virginia. Earls lies along SR 153 at the southern terminus of SR 641 (Earls Road), 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the Amelia-Nottoway county line.

At turn of the 20th century, Earls was a post village, with its own mail facility; the area is now served by the post office at Amelia Court House, the county seat, 13 miles (21 km) northwest. The nearest fire station is Amelia County Volunteer Fire Department Station 2, at Mannboro, 5 miles (8.0 km) northeast.

The immediate vicinity of Earls appears to have been spared significant action during most of the Civil War. Troops from both sides would have passed through during the final days of the war in early April 1865, as Confederate forces retreated westward and Union forces pursued. However, most of the movement around Earls appears to have occurred during a brief lull in the fighting, between the Battle of Namozine Church and a series of engagements in western Amelia County. General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox on April 9.

Manassas Hill School, built sometime between 1917 and 1920, was among the first of several Rosenwald Schools in Amelia County. It was designed for one teacher and located on modern-day SR 615 (Namozine Road) near Earls. During the early 20th century, the Rosenwald School project was a collaborative effort that constructed thousands of facilities across the South primarily for the education of African American children. The Manassas Hill School property was advertised for sale in the 1960s, after desegregation.

Manassa (also spelled "Manaza") Hill Baptist, a historic African American church, is located 2 miles north of Earls on Route 615.

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