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Franklin County, Virginia

Franklin County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Rocky Mount
Year Organized: 1785
Square Miles: 692
Court House:

40 E. Court St.
County Courthouse
Rocky Mount, VA 24151-1304

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Franklin was named for American statesman Benjamin Franklin.


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County History

Franklin County, Virginia formed from Bedford, Henry, and Patrick Counties. Legislative enactment in 1785. Organized in 1786. Patrick County gave only small portions in 1847-1848 and 1872-1873. [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.]

Franklin County was named for Benjamin Franklin and was formed from Bedford and Henry Counties in 1785. Its area is 711.5 square miles, and the county seat is Rocky Mount.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 712 square miles (1,843 km2), of which, 692 square miles (1,792 km2) of it is land and 19 square miles (50 km2) of it (2.74%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Bedford County, Virginia - northeast
  • Pittsylvania County, Virginia - southeast
  • Henry County, Virginia - south
  • Patrick County, Virginia - southwest
  • Floyd County, Virginia - west
  • Roanoke County, Virginia - northwest


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