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Roanoke County

Formation Date: 1838
Formed From: Botetourt County. Part of Montgomery County was added in 1849.

Image depicting location of Roanoke County
Roanoke County was named for the Roanoke River. The name is an Indian word meaning shell money. The county was formed from Botetourt County in 1838, and part of Montgomery County was added later. Its area is 248 square miles, and the county seat is Salem. The population is 85,778 according to the 2000 census.

Original Records at The Library of Virginia: Yes