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Time for exams

All around Farmville, students are preparing for final exams. In a show of support, I’d like to offer everyone a chance to take a test.

This one will focus on things I’ve learned about Farmville and its surrounds. To keep stress levels down, let’s adopt a game-show attitude. I’ll give you the answers. You provide the questions. The category is Numbers. Digits, dates, quantities.

Anything at all that can be represented numerically. You can grab a partner or give yourself the test (but try not to peek ahead). Award extra credit points for knowing any additional details and bonus points for alternate questions that also align with the numeric answers. I’ll leave the scoring, adjudication of differences and grading to you. If you have fun, everyone passes. Answers: 2; 15; 31; 315; 434; 650; 700; 1798; 1865; 1951; 8216; 30000.

Questions, in numerical order: 2: How many colleges call the Farmville area home? The oldest, Hampden-Sydney College was established in 1775 (it’s older than our country). The youngster, at least by comparison, is Longwood University. Longwood, which began in 1839 as the Farmville Female Seminary Association, is the third-oldest public university in Virginia.

15: What route runs through and around Farmville? U.S. Route 15 traverses a stretch from South Carolina to New York. It bears the name Farmville Road as it approaches the town from the south. It splits at the Route 460 intersection. Business 15 runs into town joining Main Street before heading west along Third Street. The highway portion of Route 15 follows 460 west to Tuggle where the two sections reconverge, becoming the James Madison Highway, which then heads north toward Dillwyn.

31: How many miles long is High Bridge Trail State Park? The park, which runs through Farmville and crosses Main Street south of the Appomattox River bridge, extends from Burkeville to Pamplin.

315: In feet, what is Farmville’s elevation above sea level? Farmville’s elevation varies depending on your specific location, but the Prince Edward Courthouse downtown is pegged at 315 feet. The elevation at the Farmville Regional Airport, which is located in Cumberland County, is 415 feet.

434: What area code encompasses the Farmville region? When area codes were first established, Virginia’s area code was 703. It was subdivided in 1973, creating the 804 area code, which stretched from Danville to the Eastern Shore. Subsequent subdivisions of the 804 area code included a split in 2001 that created 434, Farmville’s current designation.

650: On average, how many bags of food does FACES distribute every week? Farmville Area Community Emergency Services is a local food pantry staffed entirely by volunteers and funded by donations. Currently, FACES distributes more than 1.3 million pounds of food annually.

700: How many young people participate in Prince Edward/Farmville Youth Association sports programs every year? PEFYA sports include soccer (spring and fall), softball, baseball and basketball.

1798: In what year was the town of Farmville formed? Farmville was originally formed in 1798 and incorporated in 1912. Cumberland County was established in 1749, Prince Edward County in 1754.

1865: In what year did the Civil War pass through Farmville? The last major battle of the Civil War occurred at Sailor’s (or Saylor’s; apparently the spelling is a controversial subject) Creek, east of Farmville, on April 6, 1865. Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant met for the surrender in Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, after passing through Farmville on their way.

1951: In what year did Barbara Rose Johns lead a student strike in protest of unequal conditions in public schools? The Moton Museum, a National Historic Landmark, now stands at the site of the former Moton High School.

8,216: What is the population of Farmville? According to the 2010 census, that is. A new census will be taken in 2020.

30,000: How many people do you think attended the Heart of Virginia Festival? There are no official attendance numbers and the weather has a significant impact, but organizers estimate that more than 30,000 people come to the Heart of Virginia Festival. This year’s Heart of Virginia festival was Saturday. I hope you enjoyed it.

KAREN BELLENIR has been writing for The Farmville Herald since 2009. Her book, Happy to Be Here: A Transplant Takes Root in Farmville, Virginia features a compilation of her columns. It is available from PierPress.com. You can contact Karen at kbellenir@PierPress. com.