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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.

Henry County, Virginia

Henry County Education, Geography, and History

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Henry County is a county located in the state of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 54,151. The county seat is usually identified as Martinsville; however, the administration building (where county offices are located and where the board of supervisors holds meetings) and county courthouse are located in Collinsville.

Henry County is part of the Martinsville, VA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Henry County Name

Henry is named for American Revolutionary Patrick Henry.


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Henry County History

Henry County, Virginia formed from Pittsylvania and Patrick Counties. Legislative enactment in 1776. Organized in 1777. Patrick County gave only a small portion in 1857/58. [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.]

Henry County was named for Patrick Henry, revolutionary leader and the first governor of the commonwealth of Virginia. It was formed from Pittsylvania County in 1776. Its area is 385 square miles, and the county seat is Martinsville.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 384 square miles (996 km2), of which, 382 square miles (990 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km2) of it (0.53%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Franklin County, Virginia - north
  • Pittsylvania County, Virginia - east
  • Rockingham County, North Carolina - south
  • Stokes County, North Carolina - south-southwest
  • Patrick County, Virginia - west


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