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The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into ninety-five counties and thirty-eight independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

Charlotte County, Virginia

Charlotte County Education, Geography, and History

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Charlotte County is a county located in the south central part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its county seat is the town of Charlotte Court House. Based on the 2010 census, the county population was 12,586.

The county was formed in 1764 from Lunenburg County, and it is named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England. The county residents later became staunch supporters of the American Revolution, and Founding Father Patrick Henry was one of its most famous residents. His grave and the national memorial dedicated to him is located there.

Etymology - Origin of Charlotte County Name

Charlotte is named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of George III of Great Britain.


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Charlotte County History

Charlotte County, Virginia formed from Lunenburg County. Legislative enactment in 1764. Organized in 1765. [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.]

Charlotte County was named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, consort of George III. It was formed from Lunenburg County in 1764. Its area is 471 square miles, and the county seat is Charlotte Court House. The population is 12,472 according to the 2000 census.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 477 square miles (1,237 km2), of which, 475 square miles (1,230 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km2) of it (0.51%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Appomattox County, VA to the north
  • Campbell County, VA to the west
  • Halifax County, VA to the southwest
  • Lunenburg County, VA to the east
  • Mecklenburg County, VA to the southeast
  • Prince Edward County, VA to the northeast


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