Bland County, Virginia

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Bland County is a county located in the southwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 6,871. Its county seat is Bland.[1]



Bland County was formed in 1861 from Wythe, Tazewell, and Giles counties. Later there was more land from Giles County added. The people of the area had become dissatisfied with the distance to the various county seats. The rough mountain trails did not lend themselves to the quick and pleasant conduct of necessary legal affairs. There was also great dissatisfaction with taxes paid for the benefit of those far removed from the rugged mountains and valleys of Bland. Thus an act to establish the County of Bland passed the General Assembly of the State of Virginia on March 30, 1861. The county was named after Richard Bland, a leader of Colonial Virginia whose arguments laid the intellectual foundation for freedom and independence from England.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 359 square miles (929.8 km2), of which 0.02% is water.

Bland County lies within the Appalachian Regional Commission's definition of the Appalachian region. The county is mountainous with small river valleys running through the county. The county lies entirely within the Ridge and Valley physiographic province.

The North Fork of the Holston River has its head waters in Bland County.

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