Augusta County, Virginia

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Coordinates: 38°10′N 79°7′W / 38.167°N 79.117°W / 38.167; -79.117

Augusta County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of 2006 the U.S. Census Bureau gives an estimated population of 70,910 residents.[1] Its county seat is Staunton, although most of the administrative services have offices in neighboring Verona.

Augusta County is part of the Staunton–Waynesboro Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Augusta County was formed in 1738 from Orange County, although county government was not organized until 1745. It was named for Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales and mother of the future King George III of the United Kingdom.

Originally, Augusta County was a vast territory with an indefinite western boundary. Most of what is now West Virginia as well as all of Kentucky were formed from it, and it also claimed the territory north and west of those areas, theoretically all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

A series of maps show the formation and division of Augusta County from 1738 through 1791. An animated map shows the formation of Virginia and West Virginia counties from 1617 to 1995.

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