Albemarle County, Virginia

Albemarle Co., VA

Albemarle Co., VA


Before the European settlement, the inhabitants of the area that became Albemarle County were native Americans of the Saponi tribe. It was more than a century after the landing at Jamestown before white men made the passage of the Blue Ridge. During the following twenty years the settlers began to move into the interior portions of the colony, one stream pushing westward from the sea coast, and another rolling up the Shenandoah Valley from the wilds of Pennsylvania.

Goochland County was formed in 1727, a little more than ten years after Gov. Spotswood's expedition to the Blue Ridge and in 1744 Albemarle County was formed from the northern portion of Goochland. The first patents in the area were taken out on June 16, 1727. In 1761 the county was divided and Buckingham and Amherst counties were carved from Albemarle.

Albemarle County was named in honor of Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle. However, its most famous inhabitant was Thomas Jefferson, who built his estate home, Monticello, in the county.

Source: Wikipedia and Albemarle County in Virginia...

Modern Day Adjacent Counties

Albemarle County is bordered by Greene, Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Nelson, Augusta and Rockingham counties.

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