The Town of Gretna, previously known as Elba, is located in the northern part of Pittsylvania County. Currently, Gretna is home to over 1,300 people and encompasses 1.2 square miles.
It has retained its charming small-town atmosphere with one stoplight, restaurants known for their “home cooked” meals, and residents who are accommodating and friendly.
Railroad history is an essential element of Gretna, and the theme is prevalent around the community from its welcome signs to its public park.
Yates Tavern, built in the 1700s, is the only block-house standing in Pittsylvania and, historically, sheltered travelers in what was then a western wilderness. It is now a museum.
The Town’s close proximity to the juncture of Routes 29 and Routes 40, and its own industrial park, offers potential economic growth for existing and future businesses and Industry.
Gretna is located just a few miles from Smith Mountain and Leesville Lakes; neighboring Towns are Hurt, Chatham and Altavista.