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Louisa County, Virginia

Louisa County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Louisa
Year Organized: 1742
Square Miles: 498
Court House:

P.O. Box 160
County Courthouse
Louisa, VA 23093-0160

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Louisa is named for Princess Louise, daughter of George II of Great Britain.


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County History

Louisa County, Virginia formed from Hanover County. Boundary changes seem to have continued occurring from 1836 to 1838 and again from 1876 to 1877. [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.]

Louisa County was named for Louisa, a daughter of George II. It was formed from Hanover County in 1742. Its area is 514 square miles, and the county seat is Louisa.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 511 square miles (1,323 km2), of which, 497 square miles (1,288 km2) of it is land and 14 square miles (35 km2) of it (2.67%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Albemarle County, VA to the west
  • Fluvanna County, VA to the southwest
  • Goochland County, VA to the south
  • Hanover County, VA to the east
  • Orange County, VA to the north
  • Spotsylvania County, VA to the northeast


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