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County and City Formations and Records Availability for Lexington through Portsmouth

The following entries for Virginia's counties and cities include: the county's date of formation or the city's date of establishment, the parent county or counties that formed the new county or the date of incorporation for the city, and whether The Library of Virginia houses microfilm and original records for that locality. Following the hyperlink under "County" or "Independent City" will direct you to a map page indicating its location within the state and provide further background information on its history. Following the "Microfilm Available at The Library of Virginia" link will direct you to the county's or city's microfilm holdings page in the Guide to Virginia County and City Records On Microfilm. Please see main page for information on arrangement and searching of microfilmed records. For information on original locality records housed at The Library of Virginia please contact Archives Reference Services.

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City Date of Establishment Date of Incorporation
as City
Microfilm available at
The Library of Virginia
Originals records available at
The Library of Virginia
Lexington 1778 Incorporated as a town in 1874.  Incorporated as a city in 1965. No No
Lynchburg 1786 Incorporated as a town in 1805.  Incorporated as a city in 1852.  Parts of Campbell and Bedford counties were annexed to the city in 1976. Yes Yes
Manassas 1852 Incorporated as a town in 1874.  Incorporated as a city in 1975. No Yes
Manassas Park 1955 Incorporated as a town in 1957.  Incorporated as a city in 1975. No No
Martinsville 1791 Incorporated as a town in 1873.  Incorporated as a city in 1928. No Yes
Newport News 1880 Incorporated as a city in 1896 without ever having been incorporated as a town.  Enlarged by consolidation with the city of Warwick in 1958. Yes Yes
Norfolk 1680 Incorporated as a town in 1736.  Incorporated as a city in 1845.  Enlarged by annexation of the town of Berkeley. Yes Yes
Norton 1787 Previously known as Prince's Flats.  Incorporated as a town in 1894.  Incorporated as a city in 1954. No Yes
Petersburg 1748 Incorporated as a town in 1784.  In the later year the towns of Blandford, Pocahontas, and Ravenscroft were added.  Incorporated as a city in 1850.  Enlarged by annexation from both Prince George and Dinwiddie counties in 1972. Yes Yes
Poquoson 1888 Incorporated as a town in 1952.  Incorporated as a city in 1976. No No
Portsmouth 1752 Incorporated as a town in 1836.  Incorporated as a city in 1858. Yes Yes

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Cities A-D | Cities E-H | Cities L-P |Cities R-W