Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Pittsylvania Co., VA

Pittsylvania Co., VA


The county was formed in 1767 from Halifax County. It was named for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, who served as Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1766 to 1768 and opposed harsh colonial policies.

In 1777 the western part of Pittsylvania County became Patrick Henry County.

Maud Clement's History of Pittsylvania County notes the following: "Despite the settlers' intentions, towns failed to develop for two reasons: the generally low level of economic activity in the area and the competition from plantation settlements already providing the kind of marketing and purchasing services typically offered by a town. Plantation settlements along the rivers, particularly at ferrying points, became commercial centers.

Modern Day Adjacent Counties

Pittsylvania County is bordered by Bedford , Campbell, Halifax, Henry, and Franklin Counties in addtion to the Independent City of Danville and North Carolina counties Caswell and Rockingham.

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