Virginia Counties Page
HistoryVirginia along with Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth. One of the original 13 colonies, home to the Jamestown colony and the site of decisive battles in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Virginia has played an important role in U.S. history.
Virginia was nicknamed the Old Dominion for its loyalty to the exiled Charles II of England during the Puritan Commonwealth and Protectorate (1653-59). It has one of the longest continuous histories among the American states, dating from the settlement of Jamestown in the early 17th century. It was named for Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, and under its original charter was granted most of the lands stretching westward from the Atlantic seaboard settlements to the Mississippi River and beyond - territories yet unexplored by Europeans.
The contributions of such Virginians as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison were crucial in the formation of the United States, and in the early decades of the republic the state was known as the Birthplace of Presidents. Source: http://www.history.com/topics/virginia
MapsModern day county map https://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/general_ref/stco_outline/cen2k_pgsz/stco_VA.pdf
Modern Day Adjacent StatesVirginia is bordered by West Virginia to the northwest, Maryland and Washington DC to the northeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, North Carolina and Tennessee to the south, and Kentucky to the west.
County InformationSee Wikipedia for modern day county information http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Virginia_counties
For a Map of Virginia counties with information regarding the earliest counties as well as counties that are now extinct, see http://www.virginiaplaces.org/vacount/howstart.html