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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.

Grayson County, Virginia

Grayson County Education, Geography, and History

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Grayson County is a county located in the southwestern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 15,533. Its county seat is Independence. Mount Rogers, the state's highest peak at 5,729 feet (1,746 m), is in Grayson County.

Etymology - Origin of Grayson County Name

Grayson is named for American Revolutionary William Grayson.


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Grayson County History

Grayson County, Virginia formed from Wythe and Patrick Counties. Legislative enactment in 1792. Organized in 1793. Patrick County gave only a small portion with boundaries shifting in 1809-1801, 1817-1818, 1824-1825, 1840-1842, and 1874-1875 . [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.]

Grayson County was named for William Grayson, a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1784 to 1787 and one of the first two United States senators from Virginia. It was formed from Wythe County in 1792, and a part of Patrick County was added in 1810. Its area is 454 square miles, and the county seat is Independence.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 446 square miles (1,155 km2), of which, 443 square miles (1,146 km2) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 km2) of it (0.73%) is water. The state's highest peak, Mount Rogers, is in Grayson County.

The southernmost point in Virginia lies in Grayson County.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Alleghany County, NC to the south
  • Ashe County, NC to the south
  • Carroll County, VA to the east
  • Johnston County, NC to the southwest
  • Smyth County, VA to the northwest
  • Surry County, NC to the southeast
  • Washington County, VA to the west
  • Wythe County, VA to the north


Public sigh schools

Grayson County High School, Independence

Private high schools

Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson

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