Clarksville, Virginia's only lakeside town, is part of Western Mecklenburg County. It was the county's first incorporated town and was named for its founder, Clarke Royster. The area gained its fame when William Byrd II surveyed Buffalo Springs in 1726 and dubbed the waters "the water that Adam drank." The town was originally home to the Occoneechee Indians, who were driven from the area 50 years earlier when Nathaniel Bacon fought his last battle at Fort Occoneechee, massacring over 300 members of the tribe. This battle became his legacy. Today tourists are drawn to the area for annual fishing tournaments and lake activities.
About the Author
Author John Caknipe Jr. is a third-generation Mecklenburg County resident. His family moved from the mountains of North Carolina in the early 1900s in response to the advertisements of cheap, rich, and fertile farmlands. His extended family members were some of the earliest settlers to the area, and since the 1800s, they have participated in every military need from the Civil War to the present. Caknipe and his wife raised their son and daughter in the area and, as local merchants and farmers, have invested their lives into Chase City and western Mecklenburg County.