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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.

Lee County, Virginia

Lee County Education, Geography, and History

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Lee County is the westernmost county in the US Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 25,587. Its county seat is Jonesville.

Etymology - Origin of Lee County Name

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


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Lee County History

Lee 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.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the 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

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • 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


Public High Schools

Lee High School, Jonesville
Thomas Walker High School, Ewing

Technical Schools

Lee County Vo/Career Tech, Ben Hur

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