Virginia Compacts

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§ 1-306. Boundary with Tennessee

§ 1-306. Boundary with Tennessee

The boundary line between the Commonwealth and Tennessee shall be and remain the same as established by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Tennessee v. Virginia, 190 U.S. 64 (1903), and the compact between the Commonwealth and Tennessee approved on February 9, 1901, by an act of the General Assembly.

Code 1950, § 7-4; 1966, c. 102, § 7.1-5; 2005, c. 839.

Virginia-Tennessee Boundary Agreement of 1901

ACTS OF ASSEMBLY, 1901, EXTRA SESSION CHAPTER 59

An ACT to accept the cession by the state of Tennessee to the State of Virginia, of a certain narrow strip of territory claimed as belonging to the state of Tennessee, and described as lying between the northern boundary line of the city of Bristol, in the County of Sullivan, state of Tennessee, and the southern boundary line of the city of Bristol, in the county of Washington, state of Virginia, being the northern half of the Main street of the said two cities.

Approved February 9, 1901

Whereas the general assembly of the state of Tennessee passed an act, approved on the twenty-third day of January, nineteen hundred and one, the title and enacting clause whereof are as follows:

An act to cede to the state of Virginia a certain narrow strip of territory belonging to the state of Tennessee, lying between the northern boundary line of the city of Bristol, in the county of Sullivan, and the southern boundary line of the city of Bristol, in the county of Washington, state of Virginia, being the northern half of the Main street of the said two cities.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the general assembly of the state of Tennessee, That all of the strip of territory lying north of the northern boundary line of the city of Bristol, Sullivan county, state of Tennessee, and bounded as follows: beginning at a planted stone in the edge of a field, formerly owned by Z. L. Burson, being the northwest corner of the old corporate territory of the old town of Bristol; thence east with the old northern boundary line of said town of Bristol cemetery; thence due south to the centre line of Main street, the present northern boundary line of the city of Bristol, Tennessee; thence west with the centre line of Main street to the northwest corner of the corporate limits of the city of Bristol, Tennessee, being the beginning comer of said limits, as designated in the act of incorporation, chapter two hundred and fourteen, acts of eighteen hundred and ninety-seven; thence north to the point of beginning; said strip of land above described being the northern half of Main Street of the two cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia, within the boundary designated, be, and the same is, hereby ceded to the state of Virginia

(a) That all vested rights of any individuals, partnerships or corporations, within the territory ceded, shall in no wise be impaired, restricted, or affected by this act.

(b) That this act shall not be retrospective in its operation, nor shall it in any way affect the rights of any individual, partnership, or corporation in any suit now pending in any of the courts of this state, or of the United States, wherein said cause of action arose over, or is in any way based upon, the territory herein ceded.

(c) That this act shall in no wise preclude the state of Tennessee from prosecuting any individual, partnership, or corporation for violation of any of the criminal laws of this state within said territory, until this act shall go into effect, according to the provisions hereinafter set forth.

Section 2. Be it further enacted, that the secretary of state shall furnish a certified copy of this act to the governor of the state of Virginia, who, after the same shall have been acted upon by the general assembly of the state of Virginia, is requested to furnish the governor of the state of Tennessee a duly certified copy of the action of the general assembly of the state of Virginia thereon; and if the same is accepted by the general assembly of the state of Virginia, then the Governor of the State of Tennessee shall cause certified copies of this act, together with the acceptance of the same by the general assembly of the state of Virginia, to be forwarded to the United States senators from the state of Tennessee, and to the representative in the lower house of congress from the first district of Tennessee, with a request to have the same presented to the congress for ratification.

Section 3. Be it further enacted, that this act shall take effect as soon as the same shall have been accepted by the general assembly of the state of Virginia, and ratified by the congress of the United States of America.

Passed January twenty-third, nineteen hundred and one.

NEWTON H. WHITE,

Speaker of the Senate

E. B. WILSON,

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Approved January twenty-third, nineteen hundred and one.

BENTON McMILLIN,

Governor.

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Whereas a certified copy of said act of the general assembly of the state of Tennessee has been furnished to the governor of this Commonwealth; and

Whereas a controversy has for many years existed as to whether the boundary line between the states of Virginia and Tennessee, where the same passes between the city of Bristol, Virginia, and the city of Bristol, Tennessee is along the north line of the Main street of the said two cities, or along the centre line of said Main street; and Whereas although it is the opinion of this general assembly that the proper line at the point in question is at least as far south as the centre line of said Main street, yet this general assembly believes that it is right and proper, without waiving any question as to the proper location of the said line, to accept from the state of Tennessee the cession embraced in said act of the general assembly of the state of Tennessee, in order that the said state line between said two cities may be immediately and definitely fixed and determined, to the end that the said question may be put at rest, and that the said two cities may improve, care for, and otherwise exercise jurisdiction over the said street to a point or line that is uncontroverted; now, therefore,

1. Be it enacted by the general assembly of Virginia, That the general assembly of the state of Virginia accepts for and on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia the cession by the state of Tennessee to the state of Virginia, of a strip of territory lying north of the northern boundary line of the city of Bristol, in the county of Sullivan, state of Tennessee, and described in the act ceding the same as follows: Beginning at a planted stone in the edge of a field formerly owned by Z. L. Burson, being the northwest corner of the old corporate territory of the old town of Bristol; thence east with the old northern boundary line of said town to the Bristol cemetery; thence due south to the centre line of Main street, the present northern boundary line of the city of Bristol, Tennessee; thence with the centre line of Main street, to the northwest corner of the corporate limits of the city of Bristol, Tennessee, being the beginning corner of said limits, as designated in the act of incorporation, chapter two hundred and fourteen, acts eighteen hundred and ninety-seven; thence north to the point of beginning, said strip of land above described being the northern half of Main street, of the two cities of Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, within the boundary designated.

2. That the boundary line between the state of Virginia and the state of Tennessee, where said line passes between the city of Bristol, Virginia, and the city of Bristol, Tennessee, shall be and is definitely fixed and determined as being along the centre line of Main street of said cities.

3. That no vested rights of any individuals, partnerships, or corporations shall in any wise be impaired, restricted, or affected by this act.

4. That the secretary of the commonwealth shall furnish a certified copy of this act to the governor of the state of Tennessee, and that he shall also cause certified copies of this act to be forwarded to the United States senators from the state of Virginia, and to the representative from the ninth district of Virginia, in the house of representatives, with a request to have the same presented to the congress for ratification of both the cession and the acceptance referred to herein.

5. This act shall be in force from its passage.