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Henrico County, Virginia


Welcome to the new Henrico County - Richmond City VAGenweb page.


Rhonda Smith is the County Coordinator. If you have information to add please feel free to contact me at [email protected] 

I have just taken over these pages and they are undergoing major construction.
I will soon have a mirror site at

Henrico County was the scene of the second settlement in the colony of Virginia and was established in 1634 as one of its eight original shires.  Its boundaries incorporated an area from which ten Virginia counties were later formed in whole or in part, as well as the cities of Richmond, Charlottesville, and Colonial Heights. The county was named for Henry, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of King James I of England. Richmond was founded in 1737 by Colonel William Byrd II. He inherited the former Stegg lands on both sides of the James River from his father and became known himself as the "Father of Richmond." He visited here in 1733 and planned to build a city. Four years later, his friend William Mayo made a map of Richmond and the first lots were sold. Manchester was established on the land of William Byrd in November of 1769 when the General Assembly ordered that 312 lots be surveyed.  The city remained a separate entity from neighboring Richmond until their consolidation on April 15, 1910.  Manchester was small, running out of money and needed the help of its larger counterpart.  On that day in April, Mayor Maurice of Manchester gave Mayor Richardson of Richmond the key to his city.
Surrounding Cities and Counties
Goochland County 
Hanover County 
New Kent County
Powhatan County
Henrico County - City of Richmond 
Charles City County 
City of Petersburg 
Chesterfield County 
Prince George County 
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Henrico County, Virginia

City of Richmond

City of Manchester