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Accomack County, Virginia

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Accomack County was named after the Native American word Accawmack and was one of the original eight shires of Virginia. It covered the entire Eastern Shore of Virginia and was spelled Accomac.

In 1642 the name was changed to Northampton when the English decided to stop using ‘heathen’ names in the New World. Virginia’s Eastern Shore was then split into two counties in 1663 at which time the northern portion assumed its original name.

In 1670, the county was abolished but the Virginia General Assembly re-created it in 1671. The ‘k’ was added to the end of its name in 1940.

Founded: 1663
County Seat: Accomac
Web site: www.co.accomack.va.us

Total Area: 1310 Square Miles
Land: 455 Square Miles
Water: 855 Square Miles

2010 Population: 33,164. Down from the 2000 population of 38,305

Incorporated Towns – Date of Incorporation:
Accomac – 1944
Belle Haven – 1895
Bloxom – 1951
Chincoteague – 1908
Hallwood – 1958
Keller – 1951
Melfa – 1951
Onancock – 1882
Onley – 1950
Painter – 1950
Parksley – 1904
Saxis – 1959
Tangier – 1915
Wachapreague – 1902