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Augusta County, Virginia

Augusta County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Staunton
Year Organized: 1745
Square Miles: 972
Court House:

P.O. Box 590
County Courthouse
Verona, VA 24482-0590

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Augusta County was named in honor of Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, wife of Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales, and mother of George III. It was formed from Orange County in 1738, but county government was not established there until 1745. Its area is 968 square miles, and the county seat is Staunton.


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County History

Augusta County, Virginia formed from Orange County. Legislative enactment in 1738. Organized in 1745. [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.]

Augusta County was formed in 1738 from Orange County, although county government was not organized until 1745. It was named for Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales and mother of the future King George III of the United Kingdom.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Pendleton County, West Virginia - north
  • Rockingham County, Virginia - northeast
  • Albemarle County, Virginia - east
  • Nelson County, Virginia - southeast
  • Rockbridge County, Virginia - southwest
  • Bath County, Virginia - west
  • Highland County, Virginia - northwest

In addition, two cities are enclaved within the county:

  • Staunton
  • Waynesboro


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