About Albemarle

About Albemarle

About the Albemarle, Virginia Area

Albemarle County, Virginia, home to over 90,400 residents and located approximately 110 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles west of Richmond. Albemarle County is one of the most attractive and desirable locations in Virginia, with excellent school systems, low crime and unemployment rates, and a wide range of cultural, historic and recreational activities which offer unique advantages for thriving businesses and for gracious living.

Brief History

Albemarle County was formed in 1744 by an act of the General Assembly. Its original land area included today’s counties of Amherst, Buckingham, Fluvanna, and Nelson, much of Appomattox and part of Campbell. Albemarle County assumed its present boundaries in 1777. It was named in honor of William Ann Keppel, second Earl of Albemarle, who was then governor of the colony. The first county seat was located in Scottsville. In 1761, however, county government was moved to Charlottesville, which was established as a town in 1762 and established as a city on 1888.


We enjoy mild winters and mild but humid summers here in Albemarle. The mean annual average temperature is 57 degrees. June through August, the average temperature is 75 degrees, and December through February, the average is 37 degrees.