Frederick County, Virginia

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Frederick County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is included in the Winchester, Virginia-West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was formed in 1743 by the splitting of Orange County. For ten years it was the home of George Washington. As of 2000, the population was 59,209. Its county seat is Winchester.[1] The northernmost point in Virginia is located in Frederick County.



The area was settled by various cultures of indigenous peoples for thousands of years before European colonization. The "Indian Road" refers to a historic pathway made by local tribes.

European Americans established Frederick County in 1743 from Orange County. Anglo-American settlers named the county for Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales and eldest son of King George II of Great Britain.

American Revolutionary War

Commander-in-Chief of the Colonial forces, General George Washington's headquarters were located in Winchester. Washington represented Frederick County in his first elective offices, having been elected to the House of Burgesses in 1758 and 1761. Daniel Morgan was another famous General during the American Revolutionary War, from (present day Clarke County).

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