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The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 39 independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

Grayson County, Virginia

Grayson County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Independence
Year Organized: 1793
Square Miles: 443
Court House:

P.O. Box 217
County Courthouse
Independence, VA 24348-0217

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Grayson is named for American Revolutionary William Grayson.


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Grayson County, Virginia formed from Wythe and Patrick Counties. Legislative enactment in 1792. Organized in 1793. Patrick County gave only a small portion with boundaries shifting in 1809-1801, 1817-1818, 1824-1825, 1840-1842, and 1874-1875 . [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.]

Grayson County was named for William Grayson, a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1784 to 1787 and one of the first two United States senators from Virginia. It was formed from Wythe County in 1792, and a part of Patrick County was added in 1810. Its area is 454 square miles, and the county seat is Independence.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 446 square miles (1,155 kmē), of which, 443 square miles (1,146 kmē) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 kmē) of it (0.73%) is water. The state's highest peak, Mount Rogers, is in Grayson County.

The southernmost point in Virginia lies in Grayson County.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Alleghany County, NC to the south
  • Ashe County, NC to the south
  • Carroll County, VA to the east
  • Johnston County, NC to the southwest
  • Smyth County, VA to the northwest
  • Surry County, NC to the southeast
  • Washington County, VA to the west
  • Wythe County, VA to the north

Cities and Towns:

- Fries town Incorporated Area
- Independence (County Seat) town Incorporated Area
- Troutdale town Incorporated Area

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