Charlotte County, Virginia

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Charlotte County is a county located in the south central part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The county was formed in 1764 from Lunenburg County, and it is named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England. Its county seat is Charlotte Court House[1], and, as of the 2000 census, the population was 12,472.

Notable residents of Charlotte County include John Randolph and Patrick Henry after which the County's high school, Randolph-Henry High School, built in 1939, is named and Ambassador David K. E. Bruce. Ambassador Bruce's generosity towards the County allowed for the construction of many of the historic buildings in the town of Charlotte Court House.

Charlotte is a semi-dry county, meaning restaurants may not serve liquor by the drink but beer and wine can be sold by grocery and convenience stores. The County is a predominately rural area and is one of the few counties in Virginia without a stoplight. (Bath County & Mathews County are the others.)


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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 477 square miles (1,235.4 km2), of which 475 square miles (1,230.2 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.51%) is water.

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