A Brief History of Bland County
The County of Bland was formed from necessity and popular demand. The
people became dissatisfied with the inconvenience of traveling over long
mountain trails to other counties to transact legal affairs, and too,
they were unhappy over taxes they paid for the upkeep of other counties.
As a result of this dissatisfaction and the growing population in this
area, there was a demand for local government supported by local
revenue. Thus, an act to form a new county was passed on March 31, 1861,
by the Virginia General Assembly. This county was formed from portions
of Giles, Wythe and Tazewell Counties, and was named Bland in honor of
Richard Bland of Revolutionary War fame.
Richard Bland was a Virginia statesman and champion of public rights.
Son and grandson of successful planters, he was educated at The College
of William and Mary. From 1742 until his death in 1776, he was a state
legislator, first in the House of Burgesses, and later, with the
adoption of a state constitution, in the House of Delegates. He also
served as a delegate from Virginia in the First and Second Continental
Congresses. Because of his careful study of the ancient records of the
colony, he was respected not only as a political leader, but also as the
leading authority on Virginia's history.
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