Rice, Virginia
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Rice, Virginia
Rice is located in Virginia
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Rice is located in the United States
Rice (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°16?31?N 78°17?29?W / 37.27528°N 78.29139°W / 37.27528; -78.29139Coordinates: 37°16?31?N 78°17?29?W / 37.27528°N 78.29139°W / 37.27528; -78.29139
CountryUnited States
CountyPrince Edward
 o Total2,256
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 o Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes

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 era, it was known as Rice's Depot. The Mayor of Rice Virginia is Philip Garnett.


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.


This town was a stop on the Southside Railroad in the mid-nineteenth century. This became the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad in 1870 and then a line in the Norfolk and Western Railway.[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

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


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rice, Virginia
  2. ^ Bright, David L. (2015). "Confederate Railroads - South Side". Confederate Railroads. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "CWSAC Virginia Battlefield Profiles" (PDF). Update to the Civil War Sites Advisory Committee Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields. National Park Service. pp. 243, 244. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "National Park Service battle description". CWSAC Battle Summaries, The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP). National Park Service. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Southside Virginia & Lee's Retreat: Rice's Depot" (URL). Lee's Retreat: Radio Message Scripts. Civil War Trails. p. 1. Retrieved 2012.


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