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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.
Frederick County, Virginia
Frederick County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Frederick is named for Frederick, Prince of Wales.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Frederick County, Virginia formed from Orange and Augusta Counties, Virginia. Legislative enactment in 1738. Organized in 1743. Augusta County gave only a small portion, at a later date than Orange County. [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.]
Frederick County was named for Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales and eldest son of George II. It was formed from Orange County in 1738, but the county government was not organized until 1743. Part of Augusta County was added later. Its area is 426 square miles, and the county seat is Winchester.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 416 square miles (1,076 kmē), of which, 415
square miles (1,074 kmē) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 kmē) of it (0.24%) is water. This is the northernmost
county in the state of Virginia.
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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!"