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County History

Accomac Shire was established in 1634 as one of the original eight shires of Virginia. The shire's name comes from the Native American word Accawmack, meaning "on the other side". In 1642 the named was changed to Northampton by the British, to eliminate "heathen" names in the New World. Northampton was split into two counties in 1663. The northern section assumed the original Accomac name, the southern, Northampton. In 1670, the Virginia Colony's Royal Governor William Berkeley abolished Accomac County, but the Virginia General Assembly re-created it in 1671.

Unlike most of Virginia, during the Civil War, the county was not under Confederate control, but held by the forces of the United States government. In 1940, the General Assembly officially added a "k" to the end of the county's name to arrive at its current spelling. The very first Sheriff in the United States, William Stone, was appointed to serve Accomack County in 1634

National Protected Areas
Assateague Island National Seashore -
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge -
Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge

Cities & Towns
Accomac - Belle Haven - Bloxom - Chincoteague - Hallwood - Keller - Melfa - Onancock Onley - Painter - Parksley - Saxis - Tangier - Wachapreague

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October 2013
1883 Pensioners

May 2013
Post Offices in 1850

Feb 2013
1890 Veteran's Census - District of Islands

County Contributors
Andrea Stawski Pack
Marla Zwakman 
Dale Donlan
Sandra Davis
Kim Mohler
Brenda Wiesner 
Veneta McKinney


Surrounding County

Somerset Co MD
Worchester Co MD
Northampton Co VA
Middlesex Co VA
Lancaster Co VA
Northumberland Co VA

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