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Giles County, Virginia

Giles County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Pearisburg
Year Organized: 1806
Square Miles: 358
Court House:

315 N. Main
County Administration Building
Pearisburg, VA 24134-1633

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Giles is named for U.S. Senator from Virginia William Branch Giles.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Giles County, Virginia formed from Montgomery, Monroe, Tazewell, Craig, Mercer, and Wythe Counties. Montgomery, Monroe, and Tazewell appear to be original contributors with Wythe County contributing a small portion in 1823-1824. Tazewell County gave additionally from 1825-1828, 1835-1837. Monroe County contributed again from 1828-1829. Mercer County contributed in 1840-1841, 1857-1858, and 1861. Craig County contributed in 1879-1880 and 1800-1900. [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.]

Giles County was named for William Branch Giles, United States senator from Virginia, in 1806. It was formed from Tazewell, Monroe and Montgomery Counties. Part of Wythe County was added in 1808, parts of Tazewell County were added in 1826 and 1836, part of Monroe County was added in 1829, parts of Mercer (West Virginia) County were added in 1840-1841, and part of Craig County was added in 1858. Its area is 363 square miles, and the county seat is Pearisburg.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 360 square miles (933 kmē), of which, 357 square miles (925 kmē) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 kmē) of it (0.85%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Bland County, VA to the southwest
  • Craig County, VA to the east
  • Mercer County, WV to the northwest
  • Monroe County, WV to the north
  • Montgomery County, VA to the south
  • Pulaski County, VA to the south
  • Summers County, WV to the north
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"


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