A Brief Overview of Albemarle County

Albemarle County is located in Central Virginia. The heart of Albemarle County is approximately 110 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.; 70 miles west of Richmond; and 115 miles northeast of Roanoke. The counties of Greene, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Augusta, Buckingham, Rockingham, and Louisa Counties all border Albemarle County.

Albemarle County was formed in 1744 by an an act of the General Assembly. Its original land area included today's counties of Amherst, Buckingham, Fluvanna, and Nelson, much of Appomattox and part of Campbell. Albemarle County assumed its present boundaries in 1777. It was named in honor of William Ann Keppel, second Earl of Albemarle, who was then governor of the colony.

The first county seat was located in Scottsville, Virginia. In 1761, however, the county government was moved to Charlottesville, which was established as a town in 1762 and established as a city on 1888. Albemarle County is located in an envious position and enjoys moderate winters and mild but humid summers. As of the 2010 census, the population of Albemarle County was approximately 98,970 persons.

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