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Greensville County Virginia




Greensville County administrative offices are located at 1781 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, VA 23847; phone: 434-348-4205.

The area now known as Greensville County [1] was once home to the Native American people known as the Saponi confederation. They occupied several forts and settlements throughout the area from 1680 until the mid-18th century when the last fort in Virginia (Christanna) was abandoned.

In 1781, Greensville County was organized from Brunswick County by an Act of the Virginia General Assembly. The County is thought to have been named after either Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene or Sir Richard Grenville, a Roanoke Island settler in 1585.

The original settlements of Hicksford (a Native American trading outpost founded by Captain Robert Hix) and Belfield, on opposite sides of the Meherrin River, eventually merged in 1887 to become the Town of Emporia. Emporia became an independent city in 1967, no longer being a part of Greensville County.

Located in southeastern Virginia along the Virginia-North Carolina state line, Greensville County encompasses approximately 300 square miles of low rolling hills and swampy lowlands. The county largely exhibits a rural character that has been evident from its founding until the present day. Interstate 95, a major east coast highway, bisects the county from north to south.

Greensville County is surrounded by four other Virginia counties: Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Sussex, and Southampton. Northampton County, North Carolina borders Greensville County's southern boundary. Greenville's regional location places it in a unique location as the primary southern entryway into the Commonwealth of Virginia along Interstate 95. This strategic location offers unique opportunities for economic development, tourism and related activities.

  1. County of Greensville, Virginia, Comprehensive Plan 2013-2018, www.greensvillecountyva.gov, accessed August, 2015.
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