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Henrico County, Virginia

Henrico County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Richmond
Year Organized: 1634
Square Miles: 238
Court House:

P.O. Box 27032
County Government Center
Richmond, VA 23273-7032

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Henrico is named for Henry, Prince of Wales, a son of James I of England.


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County History

Henrico County, Virginia formed. Original shire. [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.]

Henrico County is one of the eight original Shires of Virginia established in 1634 in the Virginia Colony, and one of six considered still extant in their original form (county).

Henrico County was named for Henry, Prince of Wales, the oldest son of James I. It was one of the eight original shires established in 1634. Its area is 244.06 square miles, and the county seat is in the western part of the county near Richmond.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 245 square miles (634 km2).Of that, 238 square miles (617 km2) is land and 7 square miles (17 km2) (2.67%) is water

Neighboring Counties:

  • Richmond, Virginia - south
  • Chesterfield County, Virginia - south
  • Goochland County, Virginia - west
  • Hanover County, Virginia - north
  • New Kent County, Virginia - northeast
  • Charles City County, Virginia - southeast


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