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Nottoway County was named for the Nadowa Indian tribe. The word nadowa, anglicized to nottoway, means snake, or enemy.
The Handbook of Virginia History
Nottoway, is the county seat, described in 1835 as "a courthouse, clerk's office and criminal and debtor's jail, besides 15 dwelling houses, one mercantile house, one hotel, one saddler, one tailor, and one blacksmith shop".
Virginia, A Guide to the Old Dominion
Nottoway County was formed by law in 1788 and established as a county in 1789 from Amelia County. It is surrounded by Amelia County, Dinwiddie County, Brunswick County, Lunenburg County and Prince Edward County.
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