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Towns and Communities

Sussex County is comprised of the four incorporated towns of Jarratt, Stony Creek, Wakefield, and Waverly as well as the unincorporated communities of Sussex and Yale.

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Sussex offers many parks throughout the county to relax, explore, exercise, or hold functions.

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There is plenty to do in Sussex County!

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About Sussex County

Sussex County is located in the south central region of Virginia.  The county is 45 miles southeast of the capital city Richmond, 25 miles from the tri-cities area that includes Petersburg and Hopewell.  Washington D.C. and Baltimore are within a few hours drive, while Boston and Atlanta are both within a day's drive. Sussex County encompasses 317,400 acre or 496 square miles.  The county lies in the Coastal Plain region on level to slightly rolling terrain.

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History of Sussex County, Virginia

Sussex County, Virginia was created by an act of the Virginia Legislature in 1754. Sussex was taken from a part of the County of Surry. English settlement in Surry began approximately the same time that the headquarters of the Virginia Colony was fixed across the river at Jamestown in 1607.  The Virginia Colony grew and spread out from its small beginning at Jamestown until in 1634, it was divided into eight original shires or counties.  One of the eight was James City County which occupied both sides of the James River with its center  of government at Jamestown.

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