Welcome to King George County Schools
Excerpted from Elizabeth Lee's
A Short History of King George County, Virginia
Legend has it that Powhatan sent Pocahontas to live with relatives in the present King George County to get her away from the colonists. The colonists formed an expedition and negotiated with the Indians to help them kidnap her and take her back to Jamestown. Pocahontas was taken back to Jamestown, where the colonists used her to deal with Powhatan, and where she met and married John Rolfe. King George County was formed from Richmond County by an Act of Assembly in 1720. The early county ran along the Rappahannock River from the present Richmond County boundary to Fauquier County. This long narrow strip of land was found to be unsatisfactory. During the Revolution, the boundaries were swapped with Stafford County to the north on the Potomac River. King George took Stafford's land in the east and Stafford took King George's land in the west. The dividing line was designated as Muddy Creek.
As a boy, George Washington grew up in King George County at Ferry Farm, now in Stafford County. His father's will is filed in King George County Circuit Court. The southeastern section of King George from the Richmond County border to the present Westmoreland County line was given to Westmoreland County after the Revolution. For this reason, Leedstown, the site of the drawing up of the Leedstown Resolutions, was in King George County, at the time.
James Madison was born in King George, at Port Conway in 1751. His mother was Nellie Conway and had deep roots in the county.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren has made King George its home since 1918. Today, "the base" is the largest employer in King George County.