The area that is now known as Clarke County was settled by former planters from the Tidewater region from large land grants by Lord Fairfax. Clarke County officially formed in 1836 when it broke away from Frederick County. It is named for George Rogers Clark, a Virginian who became the highest-ranking American military officer on the northwestern frontier during the American Revolutionary War. Today, Clarke County remains primarily a rural, agricultural county, with a strong culture of community.
Historical sites and organizations in Clarke County include the Clarke County Historical Association Archives, Burwell-Morgan Mill, Josephine School Community Museum, Clermont Farm, and Long Branch.
For the 250th, Clarke County looks to highlight life in the early Federal Republic, with a particular focus on the Burwell-Morgan Mill. The Mill was built between 1782-1785 and founded by Lieutenant Nathaniel Burwell and Brigadier General Daniel Morgan. It’s creation and production of flour helped bring economic development to the county in the first years after the Revolutionary War.
While there are currently no events listed specifically for Clarke County, search the VA250 Statewide Calendar of Events for a comprehensive listing of programs across the state.