King George County, Virginia

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King George County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 16,803. Its county seat is King George. The county's largest employer is the U.S. Naval Support Activity South Potomac at Dahlgren, Virginia. It is adjacent to the two-lane, 2-mile long Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge carrying U.S. Highway 301 over the Potomac River. It contains the ZIP codes 22448 (Dahlgren) and 22485 (all other locations). It is within the area code 540 and contains the exchanges: 775, 644, and 653.



Indigenous peoples of varying cultures lived along the waterways for thousands of years before European encounter. Among the historic Native American tribes who came into conflict with the English were the Algonquian-speaking Nanzattico. In 1704 colonists retaliated for the tribe's attacking the farm of John Rowley, "known for his disputes" with them. They captive and shipped 40 people, including children older than 12, to Antigua in the Caribbean, where they were sold into slavery.[1]

King George County was established in 1720 when land was split from Richmond County, Virginia. The county is named for King George I of Great Britain.

On March 16, 1751, James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, was born in Port Conway in southern King George County at Belle Grove plantation, the childhood home of his mother, Eleanor Rose "Nellie" Conway, the daughter of its owner, Francis Conway, for whom Port Conway was named.

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