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The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into ninety-five counties and thirty-eight independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

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Appomattox County, Virginia

Appomattox County Education, Geography, and History

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Appomattox County is a county located in the Piedmont region and near the center of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The county is part of the Lynchburg, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, and its county seat is the town of Appomattox.

Appomattox County was created in 1845 from sections of four other Virginia counties. The name of the county comes from the Appomattox River, which rises in the county, while the river was named for the Appamatuck Indians. The county is historically associated with the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, which effectively ended the American Civil War.

Based on the 2010 census, the population was 14,973.

Etymology - Origin of Appomattox County Name

Appomattox County was named for the Appomattox River, which rises in the county. The name was borne earlier by an Indian tribe living near the mouth of the river.

Demographics:

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Appomattox County History

Appomattox County was named for the Appomattox River, which rises in the county. The name was borne earlier by an Indian tribe living near the mouth of the river. The county was formed from parts of Buckingham, Campbell, Prince Edward and Charlotte Counties in 1845, and another part of Campbell was added in 1858. Its area is 345 square miles, and the county seat is Appomattox. [Virginia Counties: Those Resulting from Virginia Legislation, by Morgan Poitiaux Robinson, originally published as Bulletin of the Virginia State Library, Volume 9, January, April, July 1916, reprinted 1992 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD.]

Appomattox County was named for the Appomattox River, which rises in the county. The name was borne earlier by an Indian tribe living near the mouth of the river. The county was formed from parts of Buckingham, Campbell, Prince Edward and Charlotte Counties in 1845, and another part of Campbell was added in 1858. Its area is 345 square miles, and the county seat is Appomattox. The population is 13,705 according to the 2000 census. Appomattox is one of the Commonwealth's Burned Records Counties.

County court records were destroyed by fire in 1892.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 335 square miles (870 km2), of which 333 square miles (860 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (0.4%) is water

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Nelson County, Virginia - north
  • Buckingham County, Virginia - northeast
  • Prince Edward County, Virginia - southeast
  • Charlotte County, Virginia - south
  • Campbell County, Virginia - southwest
  • Amherst County, Virginia - northwest

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