|County Seat: Buckingham
Year Organized: 1785
Square Miles: 581
P.O. Box 252
Buckingham was probably named for either the English county of Buckingham or for the Duke of Buckingham
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Buckingham County, Virginia formed from Albemarle and Appomattox Counties. Appomattox County gave only a small portion in 1859/60. [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.]
Buckingham County was named for either the English county or for the duke of Buckingham. Some sources say that the county's namesake is Archibald Cary's tract of land called Buckingham, on what was then Willis's Creek. It was formed from Albemarle County in 1761. Its area is 582 square miles, and the county seat is Buckingham. The population is 15,623 according to the 2000 census. Buckingham is one of the Commonwealth's Burned Records Counties. County court records were destroyed by fire in 1869. One plat book survived and some wills and deeds were later recorded.
The geographic center of Virginia is in Buckingham County. According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a
total area of 584 square miles (1,511 km2), of which, 581 square miles (1,504 km2) of it is land and 3 square miles
(7 km2) of it (0.46%) is water.
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