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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  • The Courthouse will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 in observance of Presidents' Day.
  • 4 P.M. Burn Ban in effect, Feb. 15-Apr. 30

     Notice is hereby given pursuant to Chapter 11, 15.2-1416 of the Code of Virginia as amended that the Northumberland County Board of Supervisors will begin their regular monthly meetings at 5:30 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m. as previously scheduled.  The meetings will still be held on the second Thursday of each month with the public hearings beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the New Courts Building, 220 Judicial Pl., Heathsville, VA.   This will take effect for the February 14, 2019 Board meeting and all subsequent meetings.


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