Isle of Wight County, Virginia

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Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Isle of Wight Courthouse, Isle of Wight, VA.jpg
The 1800 courthouse at Isle of Wight Courthouse
Seal of Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Seal
Map of Virginia highlighting Isle of Wight County
Location in the U.S. state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded1634
Named forIsle of Wight
SeatIsle of Wight
Largest townSmithfield
Area
 • Total363 sq mi (940 km2)
 • Land316 sq mi (818 km2)
 • Water47 sq mi (122 km2), 13.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2015)36,314
 • Density100/sq mi (40/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/−4
Websitewww.co.isle-of-wight.va.us

Isle of Wight County is a county located in the Hampton Roads region of the U.S. state of Virginia. It was named after the Isle of Wight, in the English Channel, from where many of its early colonists had come.[1] As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,270.[2] Its county seat is Isle of Wight.[3]

Isle of Wight County is located in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its northeastern boundary is on the coast of Hampton Roads waterway.

Isle of Wight County features two incorporated towns, Smithfield and Windsor. The first courthouse for the county was built in Smithfield in 1750. The original courthouse and its associated tavern (The Smithfield Inn) are still standing.

As the county population developed, leaders thought they needed a county seat near the center of the area. They built a new courthouse near the center of the county in 1800. The 1800 brick courthouse and its associated tavern (Boykin's Tavern) are still standing, as are the 1822 clerk's offices nearby. Some additions have been made. The 1800 courthouse is used daily, serving as the government chambers for the Board of Supervisors, as well as the meeting hall for the School Board. The chambers are sometimes used as a court for civil trials if the new courthouse is fully in use. The new courthouse opened in 2010; it is across the street from the sheriff's office and county offices complex.

History[edit]

During the 17th century, shortly after establishment of the settlement at Jamestown in 1607, English settlers explored and began settling the areas adjacent to the large Hampton Roads waterway. Captain John Smith in 1608 crossed the James River and obtained fourteen bushels of corn from the Native American inhabitants, the Warrosquyoack or Warraskoyak. They were a tribe of the Powhatan Confederacy, who had three towns in the area of modern Smithfield. English colonists drove the Warraskoyak from their villages in 1622 and 1627, as part of their reprisals for the Great Massacre of 1622, in which the Native Americans had decimated English settlements, hoping to drive them out of their territory.

The first English plantations along the south shore within present-day Isle of Wight were established by Puritan colonists, beginning with that of Christopher Lawne in May 1618. Several members of the Puritan Bennett family also settled there, including Richard Bennett. He led the Puritans to neighboring Nansemond in 1635, and later was appointed as governor of the Virginia Colony.

By 1634, the entire Colony consisted of eight shires or counties with a total population of approximately 5,000 inhabitants. Warrosquyoake Shire was renamed in 1637 as Isle of Wight County, after the island off the south coast of England. The original name had come derived from the Native Americans of the area; it went through transliteration and Anglicisation, eventually becoming known as "Warwicke Squeake".

St. Luke's Church , built in the 17th century, is Virginia's oldest church building.[4] In the late 20th century, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark in recognition of its significance. Many landmark and contributing structures on the National Register are located in Smithfield including the Wentworth-Grinnan House.

In 1732 a considerable portion of the northwestern part of the original shire was added to Brunswick County, and in 1748 the entire county of Southampton was carved out of it.

During the American Civil War, Company F of the 61st Virginia Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army was called the "Isle of Wight Avengers."

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 363 square miles (940 km2), of which 316 square miles (820 km2) is land and 47 square miles (120 km2) (13.0%) is water.[5]

The county is bounded by the James River on the north and the Blackwater River to the south. The land is generally low-lying, with many swamps and pocosins.

Adjacent counties and independent cities[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
17909,028
18009,3423.5%
18109,186−1.7%
182010,13910.4%
183010,5173.7%
18409,972−5.2%
18509,353−6.2%
18609,9776.7%
18708,320−16.6%
188010,57227.1%
189011,3137.0%
190013,10215.8%
191014,92913.9%
192014,433−3.3%
193013,409−7.1%
194013,381−0.2%
195014,90611.4%
196017,16415.1%
197018,2856.5%
198021,60318.1%
199025,50318.1%
200029,72816.6%
201035,27018.6%
Est. 201636,596[6]3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2015[2]

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 35,270 people, 11,319 households, and 8,670 families residing in the county. The population density was 94 people per square mile (36/km²). There were 12,066 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.8% White, 24.7% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. 1.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,319 households out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.40% were non-families. 20.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 29.60% 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 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,387, and the median income for a family was $52,597. Males had a median income of $37,853 versus $22,990 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,235. About 6.60% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.80% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Board of Supervisors[edit]

  • Carrsville District: Don Rosie (I)
  • Hardy District: Rudolph Jefferson (I)
  • Newport District: William McCarty (I)
  • Smithfield District: Dick Grice (I)
  • Windsor District: Joel Acree (I)

Constitutional officers[edit]

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court: Sharon Nelms Jones (I)
  • Commissioner of the Revenue: Gerald H. Gwaltney (I)
  • Commonwealth's Attorney: Georgette Phillips (I)
  • Sheriff: Mark A. Marshall (I)
  • Treasurer: Judith Crocker Wells (I)

State & federal elected officials[edit]

House of Delegates:

Senate:

  • L. Louise Lucas (D-18)

U.S. House of Representatives:

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 57.9% 12,204 37.4% 7,881 4.7% 990
2012 56.7% 11,802 42.1% 8,761 1.3% 264
2008 56.3% 11,258 42.9% 8,573 0.8% 166
2004 62.6% 9,929 37.0% 5,871 0.5% 71
2000 58.6% 7,587 39.9% 5,162 1.6% 201
1996 47.6% 5,416 43.6% 4,952 8.8% 1,001
1992 47.2% 5,370 38.5% 4,380 14.4% 1,637
1988 60.1% 5,779 39.0% 3,747 1.0% 95
1984 60.2% 5,664 38.8% 3,650 1.0% 98
1980 45.3% 3,526 50.8% 3,951 3.9% 307
1976 38.8% 2,718 59.1% 4,145 2.1% 146
1972 59.3% 3,555 38.4% 2,305 2.3% 138
1968 23.3% 1,312 35.1% 1,977 41.6% 2,346
1964 39.5% 1,737 60.4% 2,656 0.1% 6
1960 35.9% 1,141 63.6% 2,020 0.5% 16
1956 47.1% 1,298 48.0% 1,324 4.9% 135
1952 44.5% 996 54.9% 1,227 0.6% 14
1948 27.8% 442 66.9% 1,064 5.3% 85
1944 26.7% 430 73.3% 1,178
1940 15.5% 208 84.6% 1,138
1936 16.8% 207 83.0% 1,025 0.2% 3
1932 22.3% 284 77.0% 982 0.7% 9
1928 51.1% 555 48.9% 531
1924 23.0% 190 76.3% 631 0.7% 6
1920 24.4% 245 75.5% 759 0.1% 1
1916 17.1% 140 82.8% 679 0.1% 1
1912 8.5% 75 80.1% 708 11.4% 101

Public services[edit]

Blackwater Regional Library is the regional library system that provides services to the citizens of Isle of Wight.

Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 167.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 12, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2007-05-28., Historic St. Luke's website
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Archived from the original on May 29, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Archived from the original on August 16, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on December 15, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Archived from the original on 2018-03-23.

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Coordinates: 36°55′N 76°43′W / 36.91°N 76.71°W / 36.91; -76.71