Dinwiddie County, Virginia

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Dinwiddie County, Virginia
DinwiddieCountyCourthouse 9855.jpg
Dinwiddie County Courthouse
Seal of Dinwiddie County, Virginia
Seal
Map of Virginia highlighting Dinwiddie County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded1752
Named forRobert Dinwiddie
SeatDinwiddie
Area
 • Total507 sq mi (1,313 km2)
 • Land504 sq mi (1,305 km2)
 • Water3 sq mi (8 km2), 0.65%
Population
 • (2010)28,001
 • Density49/sq mi (19/km²)
Congressional district4th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.dinwiddieva.us
 
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Dinwiddie County, Virginia
DinwiddieCountyCourthouse 9855.jpg
Dinwiddie County Courthouse
Seal of Dinwiddie County, Virginia
Seal
Map of Virginia highlighting Dinwiddie County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded1752
Named forRobert Dinwiddie
SeatDinwiddie
Area
 • Total507 sq mi (1,313 km2)
 • Land504 sq mi (1,305 km2)
 • Water3 sq mi (8 km2), 0.65%
Population
 • (2010)28,001
 • Density49/sq mi (19/km²)
Congressional district4th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.dinwiddieva.us

Dinwiddie County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of 2010, the population was 28,001.[1] Its county seat is Dinwiddie.[2]

History[edit]

Portrait of Robert Dinwiddie; Dinwiddie County was named in his honor

The first inhabitants of the area were Paleo Indians, prior to 8000 BC. They are believed to have been nomadic hunter-gatherers following animal migrations. Early stone tools have been discovered in various fields within the county. At the time of European contact, Native Americans had territory in the region.

Dinwiddie County was formed May 1, 1752 from Prince George County. The county is named for Robert Dinwiddie, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, 1751–58. The county raised several militia units that would fight in the American Revolution.

Dinwiddie County was the birthplace of Elizbeth (Burwell) Hobbs Keckly, a free black dressmaker who worked for two presidents' wives: Mrs. Jefferson Davis and later Mary Todd Lincoln. Thomas Day was also a native; he was well known later at Milton, North Carolina, as a free black cabinetmaker. Another native son was Dr. Thomas Stewart, perhaps America's first free black 18th-century rural physician. (Source Virginia Gazette Nov. 1778 as found in Freeafricanamericans.com)

During the Civil War the Battle of Lewis's Farm was fought along Quaker Road [Rt. 660]. It took place on March 29, 1865. This was the first in several attempts by the Union General Ulysses S. Grant to cut Robert E. Lee's final supply line—the South Side Railroad—in the spring 1865. Here the Union forces led by Brig. Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain engaged Confederates under Maj. Gen. Bushrod R. Johnson. After sharp fighting, the Union troops entrenched nearby along the Boydton Plank Road and Johnson withdrew to his lines at White Oak Road. The Union army cut the rail line four days later, after capturing Five Forks on April 1, 1865, at the Battle of Five Forks. Several other engagements were fought in Dinwiddie County, including the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House, Battle of Sutherland's Station, and Battle of White Oak Road.

The Dinwiddie County Historical Society currently occupies the historic Dinwiddie County Court House.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 507 square miles (1,313.1 km2), of which 504 square miles (1,305.4 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.65%) is water. Its located between two US Army Forts, Fort Lee to its East and Fort Pickett to its West.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
CensusPop.
179013,934
180015,37410.3%
181018,19018.3%
182020,48212.6%
183021,9016.9%
184022,5583.0%
185025,11811.3%
186030,19820.2%
187030,7021.7%
188032,8707.1%
189013,515−58.9%
190015,37413.8%
191015,4420.4%
192017,94916.2%
193018,4923.0%
194018,166−1.8%
195018,8393.7%
196022,18317.8%
197025,04612.9%
198022,602−9.8%
199020,960−7.3%
200024,53317.0%
201028,00114.1%

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 24,533 people, 9,107 households, and 6,720 families residing in the county. The population density was 49 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 9,707 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.55% White, 33.66% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 0.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,107 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 13.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 22.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 30.90% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,582, and the median income for a family was $47,961. Males had a median income of $32,860 versus $24,346 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,122. About 6.60% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.60% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Board of Supervisors[edit]

District 1: Harrison A. Moody (D)

District 2: Mark E. Moore (I)

District 3: William D. Chavis (I)

District 4: Daniel D. Lee (I)

District 5: Brenda K. Ebron-Bonner (D)

Constitutional Officers[edit]

Clerk of the Circuit Court: John Barrett Chappell, Jr. (D)

Commissioner of the Revenue: Lori K. Stevens (R)

Commonwealth's Attorney: Lisa K. Caruson (R)

Sheriff: D.T. "Duck" Adams (D)

Treasurer: Jennifer Caraway Perkins (D)

Dinwiddie is represented by Republican Frank M. Ruff, Jr. and Democrat Henry L. Marsh, III in the Virginia Senate, Democrats Rosalyn R. Dance and Roslyn C. Tyler in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Republican J. Randy Forbes in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Communities[edit]

The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the independent cities of the City of Petersburg and the City of Colonial Heights with Dinwiddie County for statistical purposes.

Town[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Civil War Battles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]. Weldon Cooper Center 2010 Census Count Retrieved September 9, 2011
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°05′N 77°38′W / 37.08°N 77.63°W / 37.08; -77.63