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Ideally located in the rolling Central Piedmont region near the heart of Virginia in the prosperous Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg triangle, Louisa County is within 500 miles of one-half of the nation's population. Formed in 1742 from Hanover County, Louisa County was named for Princess Louisa, daughter of King George II and Queen Caroline of England and wife of King Frederick V of Denmark. Its central Virginia location put it squarely in the path of Revolutionary and Civil War action and other historical events.
It was from Cuckoo Tavern in Louisa County that on June 3, 1781, Jack Jouett rode through the night to Charlottesville and Monticello warning Governor Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Assemblymen of the approaching British army.
The Battle of Trevilian Station, the largest cavalry battle of the War Between the States, was fought in western Louisa County. Always primarily agricultural, the county still has many lovely homes from the 18th and 19th centuries.