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Lee County, Virginia

Lee County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Jonesville
Year Organized: 1793
Square Miles: 437
Court House:

P.O. Box 367
County Courthouse
Jonesville, VA 24263-0367

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Lee is named for Governor of Virginia Light Horse Harry Lee.


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County History

ILee County, Virginia formed from Russell and Scott Counties. Legislative enactment in 1792. Organized in 1793. Scott County gave only a small portion, probably in 1822-1823, 1837-1836, and 1855-1856. [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.]

Lee County was named Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, governor of Virginia from 1791 to 1794. It was formed from Russell County in 1792. Part of Scott County was added in 1823. Its area is 438 square miles, and the county seat is Jonesville.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 437 square miles (1,133 km2), of which, 437 square miles (1,132 km2) of it is land and 0 square miles (0 km2) of it (0.04%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Harlan County, Kentucky - north
  • Wise County, Virginia - northeast
  • Scott County, Virginia - east
  • Hancock County, Tennessee - south
  • Claiborne County, Tennessee - south-southwest
  • Bell County, Kentucky - west


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