Welcome to Northumberland County

Northumberland County, Virginia, was originally known as Chickacoan, an Indian district on the Northern Neck, lying between the Rappahannock and Potomac rivers, tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.

In 1648, this  “Mother County of the Northern Neck” was organized and named after County Northumberland, England. The first white settler to make a permanent home in the county was Col. John Mottrom, sometime between 1635-1640.

In 1648 Northumberland County, Virginia, was officially formed by an act passed by the Burgesses in Jamestown, Virginia. It was later divided into three additional counties: Lancaster, Richmond and Westmoreland. Northumberland County has an area of approximately 222 square miles and a population of 12,400 people.

For hundreds of years, Northumberland remained a county largely isolated from the rest of the state due to the lack of a road network. But in 1926, with the bridge crossing from Essex County to the Northern Neck, with access to the west, growth began in the area.

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  • Please call us to report damages to County Street Signs at 804-580-7666

  • The Old Courthouse Offices  will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th  and Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 for the Christmas Holiday and January 1, 2020 for New Years. The New Courts Building will be closed December 24th, December 25th, December 26th, December 31st and January 1st for the Christmas and New Year Holiday. 
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    The Northumberland County trash collection sites will be closing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (Christmas Eve) and will remain closed December 25, 2019 (Christmas Day). The sites will reopen on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at their regular scheduled time of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.      

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  • Northumberland County     •     P.O. Box 129     •     72 Monument Place     •     Heathsville, VA  22473