There have been many landings along the Tar River. Two very famous landings were called Pillsboro and Centre Bluff. Pillsboro was known first as Williams Landing, Upper Landing, and Tobacco Patch. Pillsboro was located near Falkland and was owned by several people. Centre Bluff, also known as Foreman's Bluff, was located between two high bluffs on the Tar River about eight miles from Farmville. It was a very vital and important ferry location before the railroad made it obsolete. In between these two landings, a small community called Bruce developed in the crossroads of Falkland and Centre Bluff roads. It was located near Cottendale, which was Robert R. Cotten's plantation, and Greenwreath, which was Foreman's plantation. The community was named after John Bruce, who financially helped Robert R. Cotten during the Civil War. A post office operated at Bruce from July 18, 1900 until December 30, 1922.