County List

This is a list of counties and independent cities. See Virginia counties by map.

Neighboring states: North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland,
District of Columbia

County Name County Seat Created Formed From Named For Host Mailing List
Accomack
records Records
Accomac 1663 Colonial Division Native American for across the water place ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Albemarle Charlottesville 1744   Willem van Keppel, Second Earl of Albemarle ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Alexandria City
records Records
  1902 Alexandria County John Alexander ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Alleghany Covington 1822   Alleghany Mountains ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Amelia Amelia Court House 1734   Princess Amelia Sophia ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Amherst Amherst 1761   Jeffrey Amherst ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Appomattox Appomattox 1845   Appomattox River ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Arlington Arlington 1801   Arlington Estate ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Augusta Staunton 1845   Augusta of Saxe-Gotha ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Bath Warm Springs 1790 Augusta, Botetourt and Greenbrier Bath, England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Bedford City   1968   John Russell, Fourth Duke of Bedford ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Bedford County Bedford 1753   John Russell, Fourth Duke of Bedford ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Bland County Bland 1861   Richard Bland ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Botetourt Fincastle 1796   Baron de Botetourt ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Bristol City   1902 Washington County Bristol ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Brunswick Lawrenceville 1732   Duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Buchanan Grundy 1858   James Buchanan ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Buckingham Buckingham 1785   Duke of Buckingham ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Buena Vista City   1902 Rockbridge   ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Campbell Rustburg 1782   William Campbell ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Caroline Bowling Green 1728   Caroline of Ansbach ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Carroll
records Records
Hillsville 1842   Charles Carroll ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Charles City County Charles City 1634 Colonial Division Charles I of England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Charlotte Charlotte Court House 1765   Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Charlottesville City   1902 Albemarle Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Chesapeake City   1963   Chesapeake Tribe ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Chesterfield Chesterfield 1749   Philip Stanhope, Fourth Earl of Chesterfield ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Clarke Berryville 1836   George Rogers Clarke ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Craig Newcastle 1851   Robert Craig ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Colonial Heights City   1948   Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette's troops were called "Colonials" ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Covington City   1952   Leonard Covington ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Culpeper Culpeper 1748   Thomas Colepepper ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Cumberland Cumberland 1749   Prince William, Duke of Cumberland ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Danville City     Pittsylvania Dan River ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Dickenson Clintwood 1880   William J Dickinson ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Dinwiddie Dinwiddie 1752   Robert Dinwiddie ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Dunmore Woodstock 1772 Renamed Shenandoah County in 1778 John Murray, Fourth Earl of Dunmore See Shenandoah County No Mailing List
Elizabeth City County Defunct 1634 Original Shire Elizabeth of Bohemia, daughter of King James I ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Emporia City   1967     ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Essex Tappahannock 1609   Essex, England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Fairfax City   1961   Thomas Fairfax, Sixth Lord Fairfax of Cameron ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Fairfax records Records Fairfax 1742   Thomas Fairfax, Sixth Lord Fairfax of Cameron ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Falls Church City   1948   The Falls Church ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Fauquier
records Records
Warrenton 1759   Francis Fauquier ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Fincastle County Defunct 1772 Botetourt Abolished 1776, divided into Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky Counties ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Floyd Floyd 1831   John Floyd ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Fluvanna Palmyra 1777   Alternate name for James River ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Franklin City   1961     ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Franklin Rocky Mount 1785   Benjamin Franklin ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Frederick Winchester 1743   Frederick, Prince of Wales ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Fredricksburg City   1902 Spotsylvania Frederick, Prince of Wales ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Galax City   1952     ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Giles Pearisburg 1806   William Branch Giles ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Gloucester Gloucester 1651   Duke of Gloucester ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Goochland Goochland 1727   William Gooch ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Grayson
records Records
Independence 1793   William Grayson ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Greene Stanardsville 1838   Nathanael Greene ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Greensville Emporia 1780   Richard Greenville ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Halifax Halifax 1752   George Montagu-Dunk, Second Earl of Halifax ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Hampton City   1908 Elizabeth City County Henry Wriothesley, Third Earl of Southampton ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Hanover Hanover 1720   Electorate of Hanover ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Harrisonburg City   1916 Rockingham Thomas Harrison ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Henrico Henrico 1617 Original Shire Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Henry
records Records
Martinsville 1777   Patrick Henry ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Highland Monterey 1847   Mountains within the county ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Hopewell City   1916 Prince George The Good Ship Hopewell ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Isle of Wight Isle of Wight 1634   Isle of Wight Jeanne Hicks Mailing List
James City County Williamsburg 1617 Original Shire James I of England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
King and Queen King and Queen Court House 1691   King William and Queen Mary ADOPTABLE Mailing List
King George King George 1721   George I of England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
King William King William 1702   William III of England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Lancaster Lancaster 1651   Lancaster, England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Lee
records Records
Jonesville 1793   Light Horse Harry Lee ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Lexington City   1966   Battle of Lexington ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Loudoun
records Records
Leesburg 1757   John Campbell, Fourth Earl of Loudon ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Louisa Louisa 1742   Princess Louise ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Lunenburg Lunenburg 1746   Duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Lynchburg City   1902 Campbell John Lynch ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Madison Madison 1793   Family of James Madison ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Manassas City   1975   Manassas Gap Railroad ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Manchester City Defunct 1874   Merged with City of Richmond in 1910 ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Martinsville City   1928   Joseph Martin Mailing List
Mathews Mathews 1791   Thomas Mathews ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Mecklenburg Boydton 1765   Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Middlesex Saluda 1673   Middlesex, England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Montgomery Christiansburg 1777   Richard Montgomery ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Nansemond County defunct   In 1972 Became Independent City of Nansemond In 1974 City of Nansemond merged with City of Suffolk Jeanne Hicks Mailing List
Nelson Lovingston 1808   Thomas Nelson Jr ADOPTABLE Mailing List
New Kent New Kent 1654   Kent County, England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Newport News City   1902 Warwick   ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Norfolk City
records Records
  1902 Norfolk County   ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Norfolk County Defunct 1691 Lower Norfolk County Merged with city of South Norfolk to become Independent City of Chesapeake in 1963 ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Northampton Eastville 1634   Northhamptonshire Fran Henle-Taylor Mailing List
Northumberland Heathsville 1648   Northumberland, England Fran Henle-Taylor Mailing List
Norton City   1954   Eckstein Norton ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Nottoway Nottoway 1789   Nodawa Tribe Jeanne Hicks Mailing List
Orange Orange 1734   William III of England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Page Luray 1831   John Page ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Patrick Stuart 1791   Patrick Henry ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Petersburg City   1902 Prince George Peter Jones ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Pittsylvania
records Records
Chatham 1767   William Pitt ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Poquoson City   1975 York An Algonquin term roughly translating to "great marsh" or "flat land" ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Portsmouth City   1902 Norfolk County Portsmouth, England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Powhatan Powhatan 1777   Powhatan ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Prince Edward Farmville 1754   Prince Edward, Duke of York and Albany ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Prince George Prince George 1703 Charles City County Prince George of Denmark ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Prince William
records Records
Manassas 1731   Prince William Augustus Ray Gurganus Mailing List
Princess Anne Defunct 1691 Lower Norfolk County Merged with Independent City of Virginia Beach in 1963 ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Pulaski Pulaski 1839   Kazimierz Pulaski ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Radford City   1902 Montgomery Dr John Blair Radford ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Rappahannock Washington 1833   Rappahannock River ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Richmond City   1902 Henrico Richmond, England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Richmond County Warsaw 1692   Duke of Richmond Fran Henle-Taylor Mailing List
Roanoke City   1902 Roanoke Roanoke River ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Roanoke County records Records Salem 1838   Roanoke River ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Rockbridge Lexington 1778   Natural Bridge ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Rockingham Harrisonburg 1778   Charles Watson-Wentworth, Second Marquess of Rockingham ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Russell Lebanon 1786   William Russell ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Salem City   1968     ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Scott Gate City 1814   Winfield Scott ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Shenandoah Woodstock 1778 Renamed from Dunmore Shenandoah River ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Smyth Marion 1832   Alexander Smyth ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Southampton Courtland 1749 Isle of Wight Henry Wriothesley, Third Earl of Southampton ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Spotsylvania Spotsylvania 1721   Alexander Spotswood ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Stafford Stafford 1664   Stafford, England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Staunton City   1902 Augusta Lady Rebecca Staunton ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Suffolk City   1910 Nansemond   ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Surry Surry 1652   Surry, England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Sussex Sussex 1754   Sussex, England ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Tazewell
records Records
Tazewell 1800   Henry Tazewell ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Virginia Beach City   1963 Princess Ann   ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Warren Front Royal 1836   Joseph Warren ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Warwick County Defunct 1642 Became Independent City of Warwick in 1952 Merged with City of Newport News in 1958 ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Washington
records Records
Abingdon 1777   George Washington ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Waynesboro City   1948   Anthony Wayne ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Westmoreland Montross 1653   Westmoreland, England Fran Henle-Taylor Mailing List
Williamsburg City   1902 James City County William III of England ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Winchester City   1902 Frederick County Winchester, England ADOPTABLE No Mailing List
Wise Wise 1856   Henry Alexander Wise ADOPTABLE Mailing List
Wythe
records Records
Wytheville 1790   George Wythe ADOPTABLE Mailing List
York Yorktown 1634   Duke of York ADOPTABLE Mailing List

Counties and territories originally part of Virginia, but now in other states. Visit the other state pages for more information

West Virginia

Barbour County, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocohontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood, Wyoming

Pennsylvania

Yohogania

Kentucky

Kentucky County (Now the State), Created in 1777, Became the state of Kentucky in 1792.
Counties: Bourbon, Fayette, Jefferson, Mason, Mercer, Nelson, Woodford

Others

Illinois NW County (Now IL, IN, MI, OH, WI), Created 1778, Abolished 5 Jan 1782; Virginia ceded the territory to Congress in Mar 1784

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