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Highland County, Virginia

Highland County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Monterey
Year Organized: 1847
Square Miles: 416
Court House:

P.O. Box 130
County Courthouse
Monterey, VA 24465-0130

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Highland is named for the many mountains within its borders


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County History

Highland County, Virginia formed from Bath and Pendleton Counties. [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.]

Highland County was named for its mountainous terrain. It was formed from Bath and Pendleton (West Virginia) Counties in 1847. Its area is 416 square miles, and the county seat is Monterey.


A foggy summer morning.According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 416 square miles (1,077 km2), of which, 416 square miles (1,077 km2) of it is land and 0 square miles (0 km2) of it (0.00%) is water.


The county is divided into three supervisor districts: Blue Grass, Monterey, and Stonewall.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Pendleton County, West Virginia - north
  • Augusta County, Virginia - southeast
  • Bath County, Virginia - southwest
  • Pocahontas County, West Virginia - west


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