Appomattox County, Virginia
|Appomattox County, Virginia|
The Appomatox County Courthouse in October 2007.
Location in the state of Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Appomattox River|
|• Total||334 sq mi (865 km2)|
|• Land||334 sq mi (865 km2)|
|• Water||1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.31%|
|• Density||41/sq mi (16/km²)|
Appomattox County was formed in 1845 from Buckingham, Prince Edward, Campbell and Charlotte Counties. In 1848, another part of Campbell County was added. It was named for the Appomattox River. On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee met with Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House. The surrender of Lee took place at the McLean House, home of Wilmer McLean.
For a long time,[clarification needed Starting when? Ending when?] Appomattox was a prohibition or dry county. However, a law has recently[clarification needed When?] been passed to permit the sale of alcohol.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 335 square miles (867.6 km2), of which 334 square miles (865.1 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) is water. The total area is 0.31% water.
- Nelson County, Virginia - north
- Buckingham County, Virginia - northeast
- Prince Edward County, Virginia - southeast
- Charlotte County, Virginia - south
- Campbell County, Virginia - southwest
- Amherst County, Virginia - northwest
National protected area
Board of Supervisors
Appomattox River district: William H. Craft (I)
Courthouse district: Samuel E. Carter (I)
Falling River district: Ronald C. Spiggle, Vice-Chairman (I)
Piney Mountain district: Jerry N. Small (I)
Wreck Island district: Gary W. Tanner, Chairman (I)
Clerk of the Circuit Court: Janet A. Robertson (I)
Commissioner of the Revenue: Sara R. Henderson (I)
Commonwealth's Attorney: Darrel W. Puckett (I)
Sheriff: Barry E. Letterman (I)
Treasurer: Janet Belter (I)
Appomattox County is represented by Republican Tom A. Garrett, Jr. in the Virginia Senate, Republican C. Matt Farris in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Republican Robert Hurt in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As of the census of 2000, there are 13,705 people, 5,322 households, and 4,012 families residing in the county. The population density is 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There are 5,828 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county is 75.94% White, 22.91% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 5,322 households out of which 32.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% are married couples living together, 11.50% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% are non-families. 21.30% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.00% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.55 and the average family size is 2.94.
In the county, the population is spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $36,507, and the median income for a family is $41,563. Males have a median income of $31,428 versus $21,367 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,086. 11.40% of the population and 8.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 14.10% of those under the age of 18 and 21.50% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
- Official County website
- Official Tourism website for Town and County of Appomattox
- Appomattox Court House National Historical Park website
||Amherst County||Nelson County||Buckingham County|
|Campbell County||Charlotte County||Prince Edward County|