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Haysi, Virginia
Main Street in Haysi
Main Street in Haysi
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Coordinates: 37°12′20″N 82°17′41″W / 37.20556°N 82.29472°W / 37.20556; -82.29472Coordinates: 37°12′20″N 82°17′41″W / 37.20556°N 82.29472°W / 37.20556; -82.29472
Country United States
State Virginia
County Dickenson
Incorporated February 17, 1936
 • Total 3.77 sq mi (9.76 km2)
 • Land 3.66 sq mi (9.48 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
1,270 ft (390 m)
 • Total 498
 • Estimate 
 • Density 127.08/sq mi (49.06/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 276
FIPS code 51-36008
GNIS feature ID 1483995

Haysi ( HAY-sye) is a town in Dickenson County, Virginia, United States. The population was 498 at the 2010 census, up from 186 at the 2000 census, over which time period the town's area tripled. The pronunciation of the final syllable is that of "sigh".


Haysi is located at the confluence of Russell Prater Creek, the McClure River, and the Russell Fork river. The area where Haysi is located used to be known as "The Mouth of McClure". As late as 1911, Haysi was only sparsely populated and was often referred to as a laurel bed.

The first store was constructed within the present town limits of Haysi by Paris Charles for workers of the Yellow Popular Lumber Company. Haysi began to grow with the construction of the Clinchfield Railroad between 1912 and 1915 as stores sprang up to serve the railroad workers. The railroad was constructed to export natural resources such as timber and coal from the area, and thus later growth of the town centered on workers for the coal mines which began operating around 1916. However, businesses in the town also accommodated travelers, as the rail system was a popular form of transportation at the time, and Haysi was located on a line of the Clinchfield that linked eastern Kentucky with northeast Tennessee, western North Carolina, and South Carolina. Notable early businesses included the McClure Bottling Company, Inc. (established 1914) and the Haysi Supply Company (established 1916). By 1920 Haysi businesses included a hotel, bank, hardware store, and various other retail merchants. By 1930 Main Street was lined with businesses, and the town was incorporated on February 17, 1936.

Local folklore says that in the pioneer days, prior to the establishment of bridges, a ferry boat operator named Si (Silas) shuttled people across the water in that area. It is said that when one arrived at the river and found the ferry on the opposite bank, it was common to shout "Hey Si!" to capture his attention and request passage. Thus, the town which grew around the location of this ferry service became known as "Haysi".

The myth concerning the town's origins is popular and widely accepted among area residents, but local historians dispute this explanation. The name "Haysi" is said to have originated from a post office established at a general store owned by Otis L. Sifers and Charles M. Hayter. The owners chose Haysi as a blend of their own surnames when it was necessary to provide a name to the U.S. Post Office.


Haysi is located in northeastern Dickenson County at 37°12′20″N 82°17′41″W / 37.20556°N 82.29472°W / 37.20556; -82.29472 (37.205639, -82.294615).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.5 km2), of which 3.6 square miles (9.2 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), or 3.10%, is water. The town's area was 0.89 square miles (2.3 km2) in 2000.


The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate System describes the weather as humid subtropical, and uses the abbreviation Cfa.

Climate data for Haysi, Virginia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.1
Average low °C (°F) -10.6
Precipitation mm (inches) 86
Source: Weatherbase


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 623
1950 476 −23.6%
1960 485 1.9%
1970 428 −11.8%
1980 371 −13.3%
1990 222 −40.2%
2000 186 −16.2%
2010 498 167.7%
2019 (est.) 465 −6.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 186 people, 80 households, and 56 families residing in the town. The population density was 210.4 people per square mile (81.6/km2). There were 99 housing units at an average density of 112.0 per square mile (43.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.85% White, and 2.15% African American.

There were 80 households, out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 18.8% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,781, and the median income for a family was $31,750. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $15,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,155. About 3.6% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 10.8% of those 65 or over.

Tourist attractions

Veteran’s Memorial Walk of Honor, Haysi, Virginia
Veterans Memorial Walk of Honor in Haysi


  • Fas Mart Deli
  • Pizza Factory
  • Pizza Plus
  • Haysi Pizzeria & Grill
  • Martha's Place Too


The Haysi area is served by Ridgeview High School and Sandlick Elementary School in the nearby community of Birchleaf, Virginia.


Public transportation

Bus service is provided to various locations in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, and Tazewell counties by Four County Transit.

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