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The population of Gretna is approximately 1,210 (2006), 1267 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 635 (2000), 600 (2010).

The amount of land area in Gretna is 2.756 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Gretna is 1.07 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.058 sq kilometers.
The distance from Gretna to Washington DC is 189 miles. The distance to the Virginia state capital is 114 miles. (as the crow flies)
Gretna is positioned 36.95 degrees north of the equator and 79.36 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Gretna elevation is 844 feet above sea level.
Gretna per capita income is $14,397 (2000).
Gretna median income is $24,600 (2005).

The Gretna median home price is $85,500 (2005).

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Gretna location: in south-central Virginia about 33 miles from Lynchburg and about 68 miles from Greensboro, North Carolina. Other nearby communities include Chatham, Hurt, Altavista, Penhook, North Shore, Union Hall, Westlake Corner and Danville.

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Gretna history:

The town was founded back in the mid-1800s when a Mr. Dillard deeded the land for the future town to a Mr. Talbot as a payment for his substituting for Dillard during the Civil War. A railroad right-of-way was given to the Lynchburg & Danville Railroad in 1872 in return for the benefit of the railroad coming through town. The construction began immediately and was finished in 1874. The Franklin & Pittsylvania Railroad came in 1879 with passenger and freight service. The community was then known as Elba. As time went on churches, schools and businesses were opened in Elba.

The town was incorporated in 1901 as Elba but on 21 March 1914, the name was changed to Gretna. The name came from Gretna Greens located in Scotland.
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