Hightown is an unincorporated community at the crossroads of U.S. Route 250 and Secondary State Route 640 in Highland County, Virginia, United States.[1][2] Hightown is located approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) northwest of Monterey, Virginia.[2] The community lies on the division of the James River and Potomac River watersheds, with the main source of the South Branch Potomac River to the north of Hightown along State Route 640 and the source of the Jackson River, a tributary of the James, south of U.S. Route 250 west of Hightown.[3][4] The roof of a barn owned by Jacob Hevener located near Hightown is said to have divided the two watersheds, with rain falling on one side of the roof flowing to the James and on the other to the Potomac.[5][6] The community was originally known as Heveners Store.[1]

Hightown, Virginia
Hightown, looking east from Lantz Mountain
Hightown, looking east from Lantz Mountain
Hightown is located in Virginia
Hightown is located in the United States
Coordinates: 38°25′52″N 79°37′54″W / 38.43111°N 79.63167°W / 38.43111; -79.63167
CountryUnited States
3,123 ft (952 m)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code540
GNIS feature ID1495691[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Hightown". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Google (December 20, 2013). "Hightown, Virginia" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Winegar, Deane; Winegar, Garvey (2002). Highroad Guide to the Virginia Mountains. John F. Blair. p. 181. ISBN 9780895872777.
  4. ^ Hargan, Jim (2005). Explorer's Guide The Shenandoah Valley & Mountains of the Virginias: Includes Virginia's Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains & West Virginia's Alleghenies & New River Region (Explorer's Complete). The Countryman Press. ISBN 9781581579475.
  5. ^ National Geographic Society (1976), National Geographic, vol. 150, National Geographic Society, p. 447
  6. ^ Morton, Oren Frederic (1911). A History of Highland County, Virginia. p. 13. ISBN 9780722246450.