🇺🇸 Boydton is a town in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, United States. It is the county seat of Mecklenburg County, and it is near Kerr Lake.
History Boydton was founded in 1812. It was home the original campus of Randolph-Macon College. The school was small and barely stayed in operation during the American Civil War as its focus abruptly changed from a Methodist seminary to military cadet training. In the difficult post-war Reconstruction years the trustees relocated the remote and struggling school to its present location in Ashland, Virginia, closer to railroad service.
Boydton/Clarksville was the terminus of the 19th-century "Boydton and Petersburg Plank Road" leading to Petersburg. This 80-mile (130-km) Plank road was covered with wooden planks, making it superior to other roads which were just unpaved dirt and rutted.
The Boyd's Tavern is an 18th century structure originally operated by merchant Alexander Boyd, a Scottish immigrant, which in recent years has been restored by his descendants and opened to public tours. In 1952 the large Kerr Lake was created nearby, drawing many boaters, campers, and fishermen to the local area. In addition to Boyd's Tavern, the Boydton Historic District and the Mecklenburg County Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Government and infrastructure Microsoft operates a major data centre in Boydton.
The United States Postal Service operates the Boydton Post Office in Boydton.
The Virginia Department of Corrections formerly operated the Mecklenburg Correctional Center in unincorporated Mecklenburg County, near Boydton. In 2012, Mecklenburg Correctional Center was closed and subsequently demolished.
Public school education is provided by Mecklenburg County Public Schools which is headquartered in the city.
Boydton has a population of over 410 people. Boydton also forms the centre of the wider Mecklenburg County which has a population of over 30,319 people.
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