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Brunswick County, Virginia

Brunswick County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Lawrenceville
Year Organized: 1732
Square Miles: 566
Court House:

P.O. Box 399
County Courthouse
Lawrenceville, VA 23868-0399

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Brunswick is named for the former Duchy of Brunswick-Lunenburg in Germany, because one of the titles also carried by Britain's Hanoverian kings was Duke of Brunswick-Lunenburg.


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County History

Brunswick County, Virginia formed from Prince George, Isle of Wight, and Surry Counties. Isle of Wight and Surry only gave a small portion, possibly at a later date and possibly later another portion from Prince George County. Legislative enactment in 1720. Organized (records begin) in 1732. [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.]

Brunswick County was named for the duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg, one of the German possessions of George I. It was formed in 1720 from Prince GeorgeCounty, but county government was not organized until 1732. In the latter year, Brunswick County was enlarged by the addition of parts of Surry and Isle of Wight Counties. Its area is 579 square miles, and the county seat is Lawrenceville. The population is 18,419 according to the 2000 census. The first pages of a number of early record books damaged by time.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 569 square miles (1,475 km2), of which, 566 square miles (1,466 km2) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 km2) of it (0.57%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Dinwiddie County, VA to the northeast
  • Greensville County, VA to the east
  • Lunenburg County, VA to the west
  • Mecklenburg County, VA to the west
  • Northampton County, NC to the southeast
  • Nottoway County, VA to the northwest
  • Warren County, NC to the southwest


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