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Virginia CountiesThe Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 39 independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.
Amherst County, Virginia
Amherst County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Amherst County was formed in 1761, from parts of Albemarle County. The county was named for Sir Jeffrey Amherst, known as the "Conqueror of Canada". Jeffrey Amherst was named Governor of Virginia, although he never came to the colony.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Amherst County was named for Major Jeffery Amherst, British commander in North America during the French and Indian War and governor of Virginia from 1759 to 1768. Amherst County, Virginia formed from Albemarle County and certain islands in the Fluvanna River in 1761. Its area is 470 square miles, and the county seat is Amherst. [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.]
Amelia County was named for Amelia Sophia Eleanora, daughter of George II of England, was created by a
legislative act in 1734, and in 1735, it was created from Prince George and Brunswick Counties in 1734. Then, in
1754, Prince Edward County was formed from Amelia County, and later the County was reduced to its current size when
Nottoway County was separated in 1789.Its area is 366 square miles and the county seat is Amelia. The population is
11,400 according to the 2000 census.
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"