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Orange County

Formation Date: 1734
Formed From: Spotsylvania County

Image depicting location of Orange County
Orange County, according to most accounts, was named for William of Orange, the Dutch prince who became William III of England in 1688. It is more probable, however, that the name honored William IV, prince of Orange-Nassau, who married Anne, eldest daughter of George II, in 1734--the year Orange County was formed from Spotsylvania County. Its area is 355 square miles, and the county seat is Orange. The population is 25,881 according to the 2000 census.

Original Records at The Library of Virginia: Yes