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Charles City County, Virginia

Charles City County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Charles City
Year Organized: 1634
Square Miles: 182
Court House:

P.O. Box 128
County Courthouse
Charles City, VA 23030-0128

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Charles Cittie was one of four "boroughs" or "incorporations" created by the Virginia Company in 1619. It was named for Prince Charles, second son of King James I of England, who became the Duke of Wales and heir apparent after the death of his older brother Henry in 1612. He later became King Charles I of England after his father's death.


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County History

Charles City County, Virginia formed. Original shire. Enlarged, but no metes and bounds given. 'It took in the portion of Wallingford Parish west of the Chickahominy River (the Sandy Point region previously in James City County)'--Lyon G. Tyler. [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, p. 78]

Charles City County was named for Charles I of England and was one of the eight shires established in 1634. Its area is 204 square miles, and the county seat is Charles City. According to the 2000 census, its population is 6,626. Records have been destroyed at various times. The most damage occurred during the Civil War when the records were strewn through woods in a rainstorm. Many fragments of records exist, so many, in fact, that there is something for almost every year.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 204 square miles (529 km2), of which, 183 square miles (473 km2) of it is land and 21 square miles (56 km2) of it (10.51%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Chesterfield County, VA to the west
  • Henrico County, VA to the northwest
  • James City County, VA to the east
  • New Kent County, VA to the north
  • Prince George County, VA to the south
  • Surry County, VA to the southeast


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