ALBEMARLE COUNTY Albemarle County Was Formed In 1744 From Goochland County And N ...
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Description: ALBEMARLE COUNTY Albemarle County was formed in 1744 from Goochland County and named for William Anne Keppel , the second Earl of Albemarle , titular governor of Virginia from 1737 to 1754 . A portion of Louisa County was later added to Albemarle County . In 1761 , part of Albemarle County was divided to form Buckingham and Amherst Counties . President Thomas Jefferson ( 1743 1826 ) was born in this county at Shadwell and here he built his house Monticello . The city of Charlottesville is the county seat and the home of the University of Virginia , chartered in 1819 and opened for instruction in 1825 . Jefferson designed the university and supervised its construction . Department of Historic Resources , 2002 .