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Powhatan County, Virginia
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About Powhatan County, VA
Powhatan County, Virginia
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Powhatan County Courthouse
Seal of Powhatan County, Virginia
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Map of Virginia highlighting Powhatan County
Location in the U.S. state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1777
Seat Powhatan
Area
 o Total 262 sq mi (679 km2)
 o Land 260 sq mi (673 km2)
 o Water 2.1 sq mi (5 km2), 0.8%
Population (est.)
 o (2015) 28,031
 o Density 85/sq mi (33/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.powhatanva.gov

Powhatan County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,046.[1] Its county seat is Powhatan.[2]

Powhatan County is included in the Greater Richmond Region.

The James River forms the county's northern border, and the Appomattox River is on the south side. The county is named for the paramount chief of the powerful confederacy of tribes of Algonquian-speaking Native Americans in the Tidewater in 1607, when the British settled at Jamestown. Historically this Piedmont area had been occupied by the Siouan-speaking Monacan, who moved west under pressure from colonists. In 1700 French Huguenot refugees settled at their abandoned village, known as Manakin Town, which was located above the falls on the James River.

History

Mowhemencho Indian Village

Keswick, main house, Powhatan County, Historic American Buildings Survey

See Native American tribes in Virginia

Before the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century, all of the territory of Virginia, including the Piedmont area, was populated by various tribes of Native Americans. Among these in the Piedmont were the Monacan tribe,[3] who were Siouan-speaking and were recorded as having several villages west of what the colonists called Manakin Town. They and other Siouan tribes traditionally competed with and were in conflict with the members of the Powhatan Confederacy, Algonquian-speaking tribes who generally inhabited the coastal Tidewater area. They also were subject to raids by Iroquois from the north, based in present-day New York and Pennsylvania. By the end of the 17th century, the Monacan had been decimated by warfare and infectious diseases carried by the Europeans; their survivors were absorbed into other Siouan tribes.

Manakintown

In 1700 and 1701, about 700-800 French Huguenot religious refugees[4] on five ships arrived at Jamestown from London, having been promised by the Crown land grants and settlement in Lower Norfolk County. Many of them had been merchants and artisans in London, which was overflowing with refugees from French Catholic persecution after the Revocation in 1685. Others had found temporary refuge in Holland, Switzerland, Germany, and Ireland. As the tobacco plantations along the James River were dependent upon shipping and water transport, the area above the head of navigation at the fall line had not yet been settled.

Claiming the Norfolk area was unhealthful (although it became an area of entrepreneurs), Francis Nicholson, governor of the colony, and William Byrd, a wealthy and influential planter, offered the French refugees 10,000 acres to settle at what became known as Manakin Town, on land abandoned by the Monacan Indians about 20 miles (32 km) above the falls of the James River. They wanted a buffer from Virginia Indians for the English settlements, and Byrd hoped to develop land which he held in that area.[5] The falls area later became the settlement of Richmond and capital of the state.

The first years on the frontier were harsh; of the 390 French who settled at Manakin Town, only 150 lived there by 1705. They were extremely isolated, short of supplies, and initially ill-suited to carve an agricultural settlement from the frontier. They were able to use some land cleared by the Monacans. Although they had planned to build a town based on the French village model, it proved impractical, as the most fertile land lay along the James River. So they placed their church and glebe lands in the center of the granted acreage and that became the center for their farms. The grant was divided more or less equally, with each grantee in 1710 receiving about 133 acres, stretching in narrow plots from the river.[6] By then, many families had already migrated to other parts of Virginia and North Carolina. The grants would prove too limited for growing families[7] and services of the Manakin Episcopal Church (King William Parish) were gradually held more in English than French.

The French became established and assimilated in colonial Virginia; they ultimately adopted the English language, purchased African slaves when they could afford them, and intermarried with many planter families of English descent in the area and to the west. Many of the Huguenot descendants migrated west into the Piedmont and across the Appalachian Mountains into Kentucky and Tennessee, as did other European Americans, as well as south along the coast, with some ultimately settling in Texas.

Present-day State Route 288 and State Route 711 run about a mile east of the former town, where the 1895 Huguenot Memorial Chapel and Monument, the fourth church building constructed there, is maintained by the Huguenot Society.[8] It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9] In addition, the nearby Manakin Episcopal Church,[10] built in 1954, continues full services for a regional congregation.

Powhatan County

In May 1777, the Virginia General Assembly created Powhatan County out of land from the eastern portion of Cumberland County between the Appomattox and James rivers. Residents named the county in honor of Chief Powhatan, paramount chief of the Powhatan Confederacy. He had allied with Algonquian-speaking tribes in the Tidewater, numbering about 30,000 in population at the time of the Jamestown settlement. He was also the father of Pocahontas, whom colonists perceived as friendly. While in captivity, she accepted Christianity and married English settler John Rolfe. Many of their descendants were counted among the First Families of Virginia.

For the first two years after the county was formed, Mosby Tavern served as the Powhatan County courthouse. When a new courthouse was built in 1778, the immediate area was named "Scottville" after General Charles Scott, a Revolutionary War soldier. He was later elected governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky after it was formed in 1792 as a separate state from land ceded by Virginia. The courthouse area was later named Powhatan.[11]

During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the county became more developed with expansive plantations as the frontier moved west. Yeomen farmers moved further into the backcountry where land was more affordable. The larger planters used numerous African-American slaves to produce tobacco, and later mixed crops, including wheat. The county continued to be organized on an agricultural economy until after World War II. It still has rural areas and historic plantations, but is being developed with suburban residential housing and related retail.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 262 square miles (680 km2), of which 260 square miles (670 km2) is land and 2.1-square-mile (5.4 km2) (0.8%) is water.[12] It is bordered on the north by the James River and on the south by the Appomattox River.[13]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census[19] of 2000, there were 22,377 people, 7,258 households, and 5,900 families residing in the county. The population density was 86 people per square mile (33/km²). There were 7,509 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.50% White, 16.91% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The largest ancestry groups in Powhatan County are: English American (18%),[20]African American (17%), German (12%), Irish (11%) and Italian(3%)

There were 7,258 households out of which 37.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.70% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.70% were non-families. 14.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 34.70% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 8.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 122.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 126.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $53,992, and the median income for a family was $58,142. Males had a median income of $37,948 versus $28,204 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,104. 5.70% of the population and 4.80% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 7.90% are under the age of 18 and 8.60% are 65 or older.

Government

Presidential Elections Results[21]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 70.4% 11,885 24.0% 4,060 5.6% 943
2012 72.1% 11,200 26.3% 4,088 1.5% 237
2008 69.8% 10,088 29.3% 4,237 0.9% 131
2004 73.6% 8,955 25.6% 3,112 0.8% 96
2000 70.2% 6,820 27.9% 2,708 1.9% 183
1996 61.2% 4,679 29.5% 2,254 9.3% 710
1992 54.1% 3,832 27.5% 1,950 18.4% 1,304
1988 72.9% 4,040 26.5% 1,467 0.6% 34
1984 73.6% 3,921 25.9% 1,381 0.5% 25
1980 64.2% 2,933 32.5% 1,484 3.3% 153
1976 55.3% 2,010 42.0% 1,528 2.7% 98
1972 66.4% 1,751 30.7% 810 2.9% 75
1968 27.1% 722 37.7% 1,004 35.2% 937
1964 54.9% 1,182 45.0% 969 0.1% 1
1960 58.7% 779 39.8% 528 1.6% 21
1956 54.1% 729 22.0% 297 23.9% 322
1952 52.5% 558 46.9% 498 0.7% 7
1948 35.9% 238 51.0% 338 13.1% 87
1944 33.1% 230 66.4% 461 0.4% 3
1940 23.5% 157 76.2% 510 0.3% 2
1936 26.5% 158 73.5% 438
1932 19.5% 108 78.0% 433 2.5% 14
1928 39.7% 189 60.3% 287
1924 29.9% 110 67.1% 247 3.0% 11
1920 34.5% 140 64.8% 263 0.7% 3
1916 32.4% 112 67.3% 233 0.3% 1
1912 27.0% 109 56.9% 230 16.1% 65

The current supervisors of Powhatan county are Angie Cabell, Larry Nordvig (Vice Chairman), David Williams, William Melton (Chairman), and Carson L. Tucker.[22]

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Monacan Indian Nation". Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ Brock, R. A. "Documents, Chiefly Unpublished relating to the Hugenot Emigration to Virginia and to the Settlement at Manakin Town.". Documents, Chiefly Unpublished relating to the Hugenot Emigration to Virginia and to the Settlement at Manakin Town,. Virginia Historical Society, 1886, Richmond Virginia. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ Bugg, James L., Jr. "The French Huguenot Frontier Settlement of Manakin Town," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 61:4, October 1953, pp. 372-394. Online at http://huguenot-manakin.org/manakin/bugg.php.
  6. ^ Cabell, Priscilla Harriss (1988). Turff & Twigg: The French Lands. Richmond, VA: Author. ISBN 0-9622078-0-2. 
  7. ^ "MANAKIN TOWN: The French Huguenot Settlement in Virginia, 1700-ca. 1750", Becoming Americans: The British Atlantic Colonies, 1690-1763, National Humanities Center Toolbox, accessed 16 August 2010
  8. ^ "Huguenot Society FMCV - Home". huguenot-manakin.org. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Manakin Episcopal Church website, accessed 16 August 2010
  10. ^ "Manakin Episcopal Church". Manakin Episcopal Church. Retrieved 2016. 
  11. ^ "Powhatan, Virginia Official Website", accessed 15 August 2010
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Powhatan, an E. county of Virginia". The American Cyclopædia. 
  14. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  16. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2014. 
  17. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  18. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  19. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genealogyInfo.php?locIndex=22942
  21. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  22. ^ "Powhatan County Board Of Supervisors". The County of Powhatan, Virginia. Retrieved . 

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Coordinates: 37°33?N 77°55?W / 37.55°N 77.92°W / 37.55; -77.92


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