Pittsylvania County

Pittsylvania County was formed from Halifax County 1 June 1767 and named in honor of William Pitt, earl of Chatham, an English statesman. Pittsylvania lost land to the creation of Henry County in 1776. Land was also lost for the creation of the independent city of Danville in 1902. Since then, Pittsylvania County has lost land to the city of Danville no less than thirteen times. The largest of the thirteen counties contains 1012 square miles with its county seat located in Chatham.