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By 1634, the Virginia Colony consisted of eight shires or counties with a total population of approximately 5,000 inhabitants. One of these was Warrosquyoake Shire, renamed Isle of Wight County in 1637, after the island in the English channel of the same name.

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Warrosquyoake Shire was renamed Isle of Wight County in 1637
By 1634, the Colony consisted of eight shires or counties with a total population of approximately 5,000 inhabitants. One of these was Warrosquyoake Shire, renamed Isle of Wight County in 1637, after the island off the south coast of England of the same name.
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1854 - Isle of Wight county
Isle of Wight, a county in the S. E. part of Virginia, at the mouth of James river, which washes the N. E. border. It has an area of about 230 square miles. The Blackwater river forms the W. boundary. The surfaoe is nearly level ; the soil is generally thin and sandy. A portion of the land is occupied by swamps and pine forests. Indian corn is the staple product. Bacon of superior quality is exported. In 1850 there were raised 816,699 bushels of corn, and 89,713 of sweet potatoes. It contained 1 cotton factory, 1 saw mill, and 1 tannery; 19 churches, 149 pupils attending public schools, and 56 at tending academies or other schools. The Isle of Wight was one of the eight original shires into which Virginia was divided in 1634. Capital, Smithfield. Population, 9353, of whom 6968 were free, and 3395 slaves.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1895 - Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight, a southeastern county of Virginia, is adjacent to the mouth of James River. Area, about 300 square miles. It is bounded on the N.E. by James River, and on the W. by Blackwater River. Nearly half of the surface is covered with forests of pine and other trees. The soil is mostly sandy, and not very fertile. Indian corn and pork are the staples. This county is intersected by the Nor folk & Petersburg division of the Norfolk & Western Rail road. Capital, Isle of Wight Court-House. Pop. in 1870, 8320; in 1880, 10,572; in 1890, 11,313.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
2023 - Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, there's something for everyone to enjoy in Isle of Wight County.
Smithfield Historic District: Start your journey in the heart of Isle of Wight County by visiting the historic town of Smithfield. This town is famous for its well-preserved colonial and Victorian architecture. Take a leisurely stroll along Main Street, where you'll find unique shops, art galleries, and charming restaurants. Be sure to visit the Smithfield Visitor Center to learn more about the town's history and pick up maps for self-guided walking tours.

Windsor Castle Park: Just a short drive from Smithfield, you'll find Windsor Castle Park, a beautiful 208-acre riverside park. It's an ideal spot for picnics, hiking, and birdwatching. The park features a playground for kids, a dog park, and a network of scenic trails. You can also rent kayaks or paddleboards to explore the waterways of Cypress Creek.

Benn's Church: Explore the historic Benn's Church, which dates back to the 17th century. The church is one of the oldest in Virginia and is surrounded by a peaceful cemetery.... Read MORE...

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