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Halifax County, Virginia

Halifax County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Halifax
Year Organized: 1752
Square Miles: 814
Court House:

134 South Main Street, P.O. Box 699
County Courthouse
Halifax, VA 24558-3215

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Halifax is named for George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax.


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County History

Halifax County, Virginia formed from Lunenburg County. [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.]

Halifax County was named for George Montagu Dunk, second earl of Halifax, who was president of the Board of Trade from 1748 to 1761. It was formed from Lunenburg County in 1752. Its area is 805.7 square miles, and the county seat is Halifax. According to the 2000 census, its population is 37,355. The city of South Boston reverted to the county in 1995.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 830 square miles (2,149 km2), of which, 819 square miles (2,122 km2) of it is land and 10 square miles (27 km2) of it (1.24%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Campbell County, VA to the north
  • Caswell County, NC to the southwest
  • Charlotte County, VA to the northeast
  • Granville County, NC to the southeast
  • Mecklenburg County, VA to the east
  • Person County, NC to the south
  • Pittsylvania County, VA to the west


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