Discover Brunswick County
Welcome to Brunswick County,
Brunswick County lies in the south-central part of Virginia on the North Carolina border. It is bounded by the Virginia Counties of Nottoway and Dinwiddie to the north, Greensville to the east, Mecklenburg and Lunenburg to the west, and the North Carolina Counties of Warren and Northhampton to the South. The County seat, Lawrenceville, is 70 miles southwest of Richmond; 90 miles northeast of Raleigh; 150 miles east of Roanoke; and 105 miles west of Norfolk.
The county has three incorporated towns: Lawrenceville, Alberta and Brodnax. Brunswick County consists of 59 square miles of generally flat or rolling land.
Elevations range from 150 to 315 feet above sea level. Drainage is provided by the Meherrin, Nottoway and Roanoke Rivers and their tributaries.
The county was formed in 1720 and named for the House of Brunswick which had assumed the English throne in 1714. Fort Christanna was the county’s first colonial settlement. The county has many historic sites including plantations and gristmills.
The first recorded foray by the colonists into what is now Brunswick County occurred in 1650. Explorers left Fort Henry (Petersburg) to follow the Occoneeche trail on an expedition for trading with the Indians to the south. By 1714 the area was known well enough that it was selected by Governor Alexander Spotswood as the site of Fort Christanna, a trading depot and school for Indian children. READ MORE