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Patrick County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginiamarker. As of the 2000 census, the population was 19,407. Its county seat is Stuartmarker . It is located within both the rolling hills and valleys of the Piedmont Region of Virginiamarker, as well as the mountainous Southwest Virginia.


Patrick County was formed in 1791, when Patrick Henry County was divided into Patrick County and Henry Countymarker. Patrick Henry County was named for Patrick Henry, and was formed in 1777.

Confederate cavalry commander Jeb Stuart was born on Laurel Hill Farm in Patrick County on February 6th, 1833.

Patrick County native Herb Hash was a major league baseball player for the Boston Red Sox in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Hash has been inducted into the University of Richmondmarker Baseball of Fame. He was born in Woolwine.

Patrick County native Gerald L. Baliles served as Governor of Virginia from 1986 through 1990.

Patrick County native Mary Sue Terry served as Attorney General of Virginia from 1986 until 1993.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 486 square miles (1,258 km²), of which, 483 square miles (1,251 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (7 km²) of it (0.56%) is water.Patrick County has the distinction of being one of the few counties with two defined geographical areas lying within its boundaries. One third of Patrick County is in the rolling Piedmont plateau and the remaining two-thirds in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains where the Blue Ridge Parkwaymarker forms the County's western border with Carroll and Floyd Counties to the north.

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US 58 in Patrick County


As of the census of 2000, there were 19,407 people, 8,141 households, and 5,812 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 9,823 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.75% White, 6.20% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 1.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,141 households out of which 28.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.70% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 26.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,705, and the median income for a family was $36,232. Males had a median income of $25,391 versus $18,711 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,574. About 9.60% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 18.00% of those age 65 or over.


Part of the Rocky Knob American Viticultural Area, as defined by the federal governmentmarker, is located in Patrick County.


Patrick County is one of the great tourist areas of Virginiamarker. The county has two remaining covered bridges, rises from 900 feet to well over 3,000 feet, providing breathtaking views. Patrick County is Virginia's Gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkwaymarker, and is only minutes from Mabry Millmarker, the most photographed destination on the parkway. The county hosts the longest running beach music festival on the East coast, is home to the legendary NASCAR team the Wood Brothers, and many more attractions each year provide a wide range of activities for every group of every age.

Bull Mountain in Patrick County
Mabry's Mill

Patrick County is featured on the Virginia is For Lovers website.


Patrick County Public Schools has seven total public schools, of which four are for grades K-7, one is for grades K-3, one is for grades 4-7, and Patrick County High School is for grade 8-12. One school, Stuart Elementary was recognized in 2008 as receiving the Governor's VIP award. Recently two schools, Stuart Elementary and Woolwine Elementary were designated as Distinguished Title I schools. In 2006, Patrick County Public Schools was listed as an outperforming school district, one of 12 in the state of Virginia, by Standard and Poor's. All of the schools have received "full accreditation" status by the State of Virginia and all schools have met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

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The new Town of Stuart welcome sign along U.S. Route 58

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