ⓘ Russell County, Virginia

Russell County, Virginia

ⓘ Russell County, Virginia

On January 2, 1786, Russell County was established from a section of Washington County. L.P. Summers, a Washington County historian later wrote, "Washington County lost a great extent of country and many valuable citizens when Russell County was formed." The county was named for Culpeper County native Colonel William Russell. The first court met in May 1786 in the Castles Woods settlement present-day Castlewood in the house of William Robinson. Later, a new place was built to house the County Seat. The structure used as a courthouse still stands, and is referred to as "The Old Courthouse." The present Courthouse, located in Lebanon, has been in use since 1874. Once vast, Russell County was split several times, giving rise to Wise County, Lee County, Tazewell County, and Scott County.

Among Russell Countys most famous politicians was Daniel Boone, Governor C. N. Stewart, state representative Boyd C. Fugate and Senator M. Macon for a long time. The largest cattle farm East of the Mississippi river and one of the oldest corporations in the country, Stuart Land and cattle, still with its headquarters in Rosedale in the County of Russell.

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