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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.

Scott County, Virginia

Scott County Education, Geography, and History

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Scott County is a county located in the state of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 23,177. Its county seat is Gate City. Scott County was formed by an act of the General Assembly on November 24, 1814 from parts of Washington, Lee, and Russell Counties and was named for Virginia born General Winfield Scott.

Scott County is part of the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area, commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.

Etymology - Origin of Scott County Name

Scott is named for US Gen. Winfield Scott.


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Scott County History

The early settlers found evidence of a former native village at the mouth of Stony Creek on the Clinch river.

Thomas McCulloch was the first white settler within the county, in 1769. Daniel Boone commanded several forts located here in 1774 during Dunmore's War, and several more were built in successive years. Even so, the Chickamauga Cherokee leader Bob Benge remained active in the area throughout this time, during the Cherokee?#8364;"American wars, up until he was killed in 1794. By the times houses were built in the 1790s, the largely Scots-Irish population had increased by reason of its situation along the Wilderness Road. After Scott County was formed in 1814, the first court took place in 1815, and the first public schools in 1870

Scott County, Virginia formed from Lee, Russell, and Washington Counties. [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.]

Scott County was named for Winfield Scott, a native of Virginia, in recognition of his victories during the War of 1812. It was formed from Lee, Russell and Washington counties in 1814. Its area is 539 square miles, and the county seat is Gate City.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 539 square miles (1,395 km2), of which, 537 square miles (1,390 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km2) of it (0.38%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Hancock County, TN to the southwest
  • Hawkins County, TN to the south
  • Lee County, VA to the west
  • Russell County, VA to the east
  • Sullivan County, TN to the south
  • Washington County, VA to the east
  • Wise County, VA to the north


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