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|County Formation in Northern Virginia, 1664-1997
(excluding the formation of the independant cities, which began in 1887)
"Northern" is defined as Rockingham, Page, Madison, Culpeper, and Stafford Cos. northward (inclusive).
There are usually two dates associated with the formation
of a county.
One is the date it was legislatively created (at the state level), the other is the date the county was locally organized.
|YEAR||CHANGE: when a county reached its current (1999) form, its name is highlighted in red.|
|1664||Stafford Co. formed de novo and from Westmoreland Co.|
|1692||Richmond and Essex Cos. formed de novo and from splitting Rappahanock Co.|
|1720/21||King George Co. formed from Richmond and Westmoreland Cos.|
|Spotsylvania Co. formed from Essex, King & Queen, and King William Cos.|
|1730/31||Prince William Co. formed from Stafford and King George Cos.|
|1734||Orange Co. formed de novo and from Spotsylvania Co. (includes all of west and northwest VA)|
|1738/43||Frederick Co. formed de novo and from Orange Co. (encompasses all of northern VA)|
|1734/45||Augusta Co. formed de novo and from Orange Co. (encompases all of western VA)|
|1742||Fairfax Co. form ed from Prince William Co.|
|1749||Culpeper Co. formed from Orange Co.|
|1753/54||Hampshire Co. formed from Frederick Co.|
|1757||Loudon Co. formed from Fairfax Co.|
|1759||Fauquier Co. formed from Prince William Co.|
|1772||Dunmore Co. formed from Frederick Co.|
|1772||Berkeley Co. formed from Frederick Co.|
|1777||Exchange between Stafford Co. and King George Co.|
|1778||Name of Dunmore Co. changed to Shenandoah Co.|
|1778||Rockingham Co. formed from Augusta Co.|
|1785/86||Hardy Co. formed from Hampshire Co.|
|1787/88||Pendleton formed from Augusta, Hardy, and Hampshire Cos.|
|1791||Part of Fairfax Co. ceded to form the District of Columbia|
|1792/93||Madison Co. formed from Culpeper Co.|
|1796||Fairfax Co. gained from Loudon Co.|
|1801||Jefferson Co. formed from Berkeley Co.|
|1820||Morgan Co. formed from Berkeley Co. and Hampshire Co.|
|1830||Page Co. formed from Rockingham Co. and Shenandoah Co.|
|1833||Rappahannock Co. formed from Culpeper Co.|
|1836||Clarke Co. formed from Frederick Co.|
|Warren Co. formed from Frederick Co. and Shenandoah Co.|
|1846||Part of District of Columbia ceded to Fairfax Co.|
|1847||Alexandria Co. formed from Fairfax Co.|
|Highland Co. formed from parts of Pendleton Co. and Bath Co.|
|1863||Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Pendleton, and 44 other Virginia Cos. ceded to form the new state of West Virginia.|
|1866||Mineral Co. (WV) formed from Hampshire Co. (WV)|
|Grant Co. (WV) formed from Hardy Co. (WV)|
|1871||Hampshire Co. (WV) gained from Mineral Co. (WV)|
1. AniMapPlus: County Boundary Historical Atlas. Gold Bug Software, Alamo, CA.
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