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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.

Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Mecklenburg County Education, Geography, and History

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Mecklenburg County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 32,727. Mecklenburg County was organized on March 1, 1765, having split from Lunenburg County in 1764 as the result of the passage of an act by the Virginia General Assembly. Due to new settlement and population increases in the area, the legislature divided Lunenburg into three counties: Lunenburg, Charlotte, and Mecklenburg. Its county seat is Boydton. It was named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Etymology - Origin of Mecklenburg County Name

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


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Mecklenburg County History

Mecklenburg 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.]

Mecklenburg County was named, like Charlotte County, for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, consort of George III. It was formed from Lunenberg County in 1764. Its area is 624 square miles, and the county seat is Boydton.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 679 square miles (1,759 km2), of which, 624 square miles (1,616 km2) of it is land and 55 square miles (143 km2) of it (8.15%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Brunswick County, VA to the east
  • Charlotte County, VA to the northwest
  • Granville County, NC to the south
  • Halifax County, VA to the west
  • Lunenburg County, VA to the north
  • Vance County, NC to the south
  • Warren County, NC to the south


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