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Pound Virginia - Birthplace of Napoleon Hill


Pound Virginia in Wise County is the birthplace of Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich and Law of Success. He was born in the one-room cabin pictured above in Southwest Virginia.

There is a memorial wall in the town with picture of Hill and other famous people born there.


Above: Napoleon Hill's father, James Monroe Hill, became a self taught dentist at the urging of his second wife. He passed in 1939. (Photo of James Monroe Hill from 1890's.)



The pictures below were taken with the Korean licensees of the Napoleon Hill Foundation. Along with them for the trip were Judy Williamson, Education Director of the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center and Alan Chen, one of her assistants.



About Pound Virginia (VA)


"Napoleon Hill was born nearby on 26 Oct. 1883.  At age 13, he became a "mountain reporter" for small town newspapers.  He left Southwest Virginia in 1908 to write magazine profiles of such business leaders as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison.  Hill virtually invented the gospel of personal achievement by distilling their principles of financial success into several motivational books.  He published Think and Grow Rich", the century's most popular such book, in 1937.  Hill lectured widely and served as an advisor to presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.  He died in Greenville, S.C. on 7 Nov. 1970."



Pound Virginia is a town in Wise County. In the 2000 census the population was recorded as being 1,089. It is located in the Appalachian Mountains and is home to some of the most beautiful scenery and history in the United States.

Wise County Virginia has been home to many famous and fascinating people including:

  • U-2 spy pilot Francis Gary Powers
  • Actor George C. Scott
  • Bluegrass Legend Dr. Ralph Stanley
  • Grand Ole Opry stars Jim and Jesse McReynolds
  • Former Green Bay Packer and Super Bowl Champion Carroll Dale
  • Glenn Roberts, originator of the basketball jumpshot
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Ollan Cassell

Big Stone Gap was the former home and inspiration for novelists John Fox, Jr. and Adriana Trigiani. 

John penned many famous works, including The Trail of the Lonesome Pine and The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come. 

Adriana wrote the trilogy Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler, and Milk Glass Moon. 

Actor Tommy Lee Jones was once arrested in Pound Virginia for intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Jones was in the area filming the film Coal Miner's Daughter. The movie starred Sissy Spacek and was filmed in around Wise County and Letcher County, KY.

Jones was allowed to cool off and returned to filming the movie after his incarceration.

The Napoleon Hill Foundation office of Don Green, their Executive Director, is located at the University of Virginia Wise Campus.

The Foundation bestows scholarships on students who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to attend university.



A resident of Wise, Virginia, Don Green brings nearly 45 years of banking, finance, and entrepreneurship experience to his role as Executive Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation.

Since 2000, Green has traveled worldwide and used his finance skills to grow the Foundation’s funds in order to continue the Foundation’s educational outreach to prisons. Green has both modeled leadership skills as a CEO and taught them through the PMA Science of Success course at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Don specializes in discussing his personal experiences in leadership and providing audiences with proven methods of applying Dr. Hill’s success philosophy to business. He was recently featured in a presentation on the Importance of Entrepreneurship in a National Economy by Dr. Peter Yun at a United Nations Forum.

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