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Dinwiddie County Historical Society
A Brief History of Dinwiddie County
Dinwiddie County was formed May 1, 1752, from Prince George County. The county is named for Robert Dinwiddie, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, who served 1751 to 1758.

Before History
The first inhabitants of the area were in fact Paleo Indians, prior to 8000 BC. They are believed to have been nomadic hunter-gathers following animal migrations. Early stone tools have been discovered in various fields within the county.

The American Revolution
The county raised several militia units that would fight in the American Revolution.

After the Civil War
Dinwiddie County was the birth place of Elizabeth (Burwell) Hobbs Keckley who worked for Mrs. Jefferson Davis and later Mrs. Lincoln as a free black dressmaker; Thomas Day, later at Milton, North Carolina well noted there as a free black cabinetmaker and within the state of North Carolina and southern Virginia; and Dr. Thomas Stewart, perhaps America's first free black 18th century rural physician.

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Historical Society

14101 Boydton Plank Road
P.O. Box 153
Dinwiddie, VA 23481

Ph: 804-469-5346