Essex County is a county located in the Middle Peninsula in the state of Virginia; the peninsula is bordered by the Rappahannock River on the north and the York River on the south. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 11,151. Essex County was established in 1692 from the old Rappahannock County, Virginia (not to be confused with the present-day Rappahannock County, Virginia). Its county seat is Tappahannock The county is named for either the shire or county in England, or for the Earl of Essex.
The county is named for either the shire or county in England, or for the Earl of Essex.
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Essex County, Virginia formed from (Old) Rapphannock County (extinguished). [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.]
Essex County was named for the English county. It was formed from Old Rappahhannock County in 1692. Its area is 261 square miles, and the county seat is Tappahannock. According to the 2000 census, the population is 9,989. Courthouse also has records from Old Rappahannock County.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 286 square miles (740 km2), of which, 258
square miles (668 km2) of it is land and 28 square miles (73 km2) of it (9.84%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Essex County Public Schools (ECPS) is the public schools system for Essex County