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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.

Prince Edward County, Virginia

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Prince Edward County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 23,368. Its county seat is Farmville

Etymology - Origin of Prince Edward County Name

Prince Edward is named for Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (1739-1767) the younger brother of George III of Great Britain.


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Prince Edward County History

Prince Edward County, Virginia formed from Amelia County. Legislative enactment in 1753. Organized in 1754. Other changes seem to have occurred from 1844-1845. [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.]

Prince Edward County was named in honor of Edward Augustus, a son of Prince Frederick Louis, a grandson of George II, and a younger brother of George III. The county was formed from Amelia County in 1753. Its area is 357 square miles, and the county seat is Farmville.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 354 square miles (916 km2), of which, 353 square miles (914 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km2) of it (0.31%) is water. Most of the county's streams drain into the Appomattox River, a tributary of the James River, but in the southeastern corner of the county, streams drain via the Nottoway River into the Chowan River and thence into Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. The highest point in the county is the top of Leighs Mountain at 714 feet above sea level.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Amelia County, VA to the northeast
  • Appomattox County, VA to the west
  • Buckingham County, VA to the north
  • Charlotte County, VA to the southwest
  • Cumberland County, VA to the north
  • Lunenburg County, VA to the south
  • Nottoway County, VA to the east


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