Giles County, Virginia

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Giles County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 16,657. Its county seat is Pearisburg[1].

Giles County is part of the BlacksburgChristiansburgRadford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Giles County is the location of Mountain Lake, one of only two natural fresh water lakes in Virginia. The Lake drains into Little Stony Creek, which passes over "The Cascades", a spectacular waterfall, before reaching the New River.



Giles County was established in 1806 from Montgomery, Monroe, Wythe, and Tazewell counties. The county is named for William Branch Giles who was born in Amelia County in 1762. Giles became a lawyer and from there was elected to the United States House of Representatives where he served from 1790 to 1815. He also served on the Virginia General Assembly from 1816 to 1822. In 1827, he was elected Governor. In all, he served his nation and state around a total of forty years.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 360 square miles (932.4 km2), of which 357 square miles (924.6 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.85%) is water.

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