Prater, Virginia

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Unincorporated community
Prater is located in Virginia
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
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Country United States
State Virginia
County Buchanan
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1499911[1]

Prater is an unincorporated community located in Buchanan County, Virginia. It is near the intersection of Virginia State Route 83 and County Route 604 in the western portion of the county. The community is the home of Russell Prater Elementary School.

A post office was established at Prater in 1877, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1965.[2] According to tradition, Prater was named for the Prater brothers of pioneer settlers.[3]


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Prater, Virginia
  2. "Buchanan County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 28 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Tennis, Joe (2004). Southwest Virginia Crossroads: An Almanac of Place Names and Places to See. The Overmountain Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-57072-256-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>