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Lunenburg County, Virginia
Seal of Lunenburg County, Virginia
Motto: Mother of Counties
Map of Virginia highlighting Lunenburg County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Seat Lunenburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

432 sq mi (1,119 km²)
431 sq mi (1,116 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.16%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

13,146
30.36/sq mi (12/km²)
Founded 1746
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.lunenburgva.org

Lunenburg County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 13,146. Its county seat is Lunenburg.[1]

Contents

History

Lunenburg County was established on May 1, 1746 from Brunswick County. The county is named for the former Duchy of Brunswick-Lunenburg in Germany, because one of the titles also carried by Britain's Hanoverian kings was Duke of Brunswick-Lunenburg.

Among the earliest settlers of the county was William Taylor, born in King William County, Virginia. The son of Rev. Daniel Taylor, a Virginia native and Anglican priest educated at Trinity College, Cambridge University[2] in England, and his wife Alice (Littlepage) Taylor, William Taylor married Martha Waller, a daughter of Benjamin Waller of Williamsburg, Virginia.[3]

In 1760 Taylor purchased three adjoining tracts of land in Lunenburg County totaling 827 acres. Taylor soon became one of the county's leading citizens, representing Lunenburg in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1765 until 1768.[4] In that capacity, Taylor voted in 1765 to support statesman Patrick Henry's Virginia Resolves in 1765.[5] Taylor also served as County Clerk for 51 years—from 1763 until 1814.

Taylor was succeeded as County Clerk by his son William Henry Taylor, who held the office for another 32 years—from 1814 until 1846. Another son, General Waller Taylor, represented Lunenburg in the Virginia legislature, then moved to Vincennes, Indiana, where he became a judge and subsequently Adjutant General of the United States Army under General William Henry Harrison in the War of 1812. General Waller Taylor later served as one of the first United States Senators from the newly-created state of Indiana from 1816 to 1825. He died on a visit home to see his relatives in Lunenburg County in 1826.[6]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 432 square miles (1,120 km²), of which, 432 square miles (1,118 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (2 km²) of it (0.16%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 13,146 people, 4,998 households, and 3,383 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 5,736 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 59.12% White, 38.58% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,998 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.50% were married couples living together, 13.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.30% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 113.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,899, and the median income for a family was $34,302. Males had a median income of $26,496 versus $20,237 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,951. About 14.90% of families and 20.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.30% of those under age 18 and 22.80% of those age 65 or over.

Localities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Notable residents

  • Lewis Archer Boswell was born in Lunenburg County, and went on to experiment in flying aircraft. Local legends claim he achieved heavier than air flight before the Wright Brothers, though there is no evidence.
  • Roy Clark was born in the town of Meherrin in Lunenburg County. A talented banjo, mandolin, and guitar player, he went on to become a highly-acclaimed country musician and a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. He is perhaps best known for his role as co-host of the Hee Haw television program.
  • Henry W. Collier was born in Lunenburg County. He was the fourteenth Governor of Alabama, from 1849 to 1853.
  • Alfred L. Cralle was born in Lunenburg County. He was an African-American who became an inventor and businessman in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is best remembered for inventing the lever-operated ice cream scoop in 1897, a practical design still in wide use over 100 years later.
  • Anthony Davis an NFL football player, currently for the New Orleans Saints (beginning 2009), previously offensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003-2008). He is from Lunenburg County and attended Central Highschool in Victoria, Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • James Greene Hardy was born in Lunenburg County. He was elected Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, serving from 1855 to 1856.

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ Admissions to the College of St. John the Evangelist in the University of Cambridge, Part III, Robert Forsyth Scott, The University Press, Cambridge, 1903
  3. ^ Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. VIII, Virginia Historical Society, Printed by William Ellis Jones, Richmond, Va., 1901
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Vol. I, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1915
  5. ^ At his death in 1820, a Richmond newspaper noted in its obituary of William Taylor that he was the last man known to be alive who had heard Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech in the Virginia House of Burgesses.[1]
  6. ^ Survey Report, The Taylor Cemetery, Pattie B. Seay, Library of Virginia Digital Collection, usgwarchives.org
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

Coordinates: 36°57′N 78°14′W / 36.95°N 78.24°W / 36.95; -78.24


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Lunenburg County, Virginia
Seal of Lunenburg County, Virginia
Map
File:Map of Virginia highlighting Lunenburg County.png
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1746
Seat Lunenburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,120 km² (432 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
2 km² (1 mi²), 0.16%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

13,146
12/km² 
Website: lunenburgva.org

Lunenburg County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 13,146. Its county seat is Lunenburg6.

Contents

History

Lunenburg County was established on May 1, 1746 from Brunswick County. The county is named for the former Duchy of Brunswick-Lunenburg in Germany, because one of the titles also carried by Britain's Hanoverian kings was Duke of Brunswick-Lunenburg.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,120 km² (432 mi²). 1,118 km² (432 mi²) of it is land and 2 km² (1 mi²) of it (0.16%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 13,146 people, 4,998 households, and 3,383 families residing in the county. The population density was 12/km² (30/mi²). There were 5,736 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (13/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 59.12% White, 38.58% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,998 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.50% were married couples living together, 13.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.30% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 113.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,899, and the median income for a family was $34,302. Males had a median income of $26,496 versus $20,237 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,951. About 14.90% of families and 20.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.30% of those under age 18 and 22.80% of those age 65 or over.

Localities

Towns

Unincorporated community

Notable Residents

  • Lewis Archer Boswell was born in Lunenburg County, and went on to experiment in flying aircraft. Local legends claim he achieved heavier than air flight before the Wright Brothers, though there is no evidence.
  • Roy Clark was born in the town of Meherrin in Lunenburg County. A talented banjo, mandolin, and guitar player, he went on to become a highly-acclaimed country musician and a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. He is perhaps best known for his role as co-host of the Hee-Haw television program.

Coordinates: 36°57′N 78°14′W / 36.95, -78.24

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