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Bath County, Virginia

Bath County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Warm Springs
Year Organized: 1790
Square Miles: 532
Court House:

P.O. Box 309
County Courthouse
Warm Springs, VA 24484-0309

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Bath is either named for the many warm springs within its borders or for Bath, England.


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County History

Bath County formed from Augusta, Botetourt, and Greenbrier Counties. Legislative enactment in 1790. Organized in 1791. [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.]

Bath County was given its name either for the many mineral springs found in the county or for the town of Bath in England. It was formed from Augusta, Botetourt and Greenbrier (West Virginia) Counties on December 14, 1790. Its area is 540 square miles, and the county seat is Warm Springs.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 535 square miles (1,384 km2), of which, 532 square miles (1,378 km2) of it is land and 3 square miles (7 km2) of it (0.51%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Alleghany County, VA to the south
  • Augusta County, VA to the east
  • Greenbrier County, WV to the southwest
  • Highland County, VA to the north
  • Pocahontas County, WV to the west
  • Rockbridge County, VA to the southeast


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