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Rice, Virginia

Unincorporated community
Rice is located in Virginia
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Prince Edward
Population (United States Census, 2010)
 • Total 2,256
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 23966

Rice is an unincorporated community in Prince Edward County, Virginia, United States.[1] Rice has a U.S. Post Office with the ZIP code 23966. The nearest town to Rice is Farmville. During the Civil War ear, it was known as Rice's Depot.

As of 2010, Rice's population is 2,256 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 9.51 percent.

The median home cost in Rice is $164,640. Home appreciation the last year has been -4.00 percent.

Compared to the rest of the country, Rice's cost of living is 4.90% Lower than the U.S. average.

Prince Edward County has one elementary school, one middle-school and one high school all located in Farmville, and school buses are used throughout the county including in Rice. Prince Edward County's public schools spend $5,458 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,678.

The unemployment rate in Rice is 8.10 percent (U.S. avg. is 10.20%). Recent job growth is negative. Rice jobs have decreased by 1.96 percent.

Site of the Battle of Rice's Station, a minor engagement in the Appomattox Campaign of the American Civil War that was the immediate prelude to the Battle of Sayler's Creek.[2] [3] On the evening of April 6, 1865, General Robert E. Lee waited with General James Longstreet's Corps in Rice's Depot for the rest of the army to come up. Hearing heavy firing to the east, General Lee investigated the situation, taking General William Mahone's division with him. Lee rode about two miles back along the Rice-Deatonville Road to a high knoll above Big Sailor's Creek where he saw "teamsters without wagons, soldiers without rifles, and shattered regiments without officers" fleeing across the creek and up the hill.

He was reported to have said, "My God has the army been dissolved?"

One of the men answered, "No, General, here are troops ready to do their duty." In fact, Lee lost a fifth of his army at the battle of Sailor's Creek.[4]

Rice is on the High Bridge Trail State Park, and has a large parking lot for access to the Trail.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rice, Virginia
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