Prince Edward County is named after the younger brother of George III.
The county may be most famous for its decision to close the public school system between 1960-64, the ultimate weapon used to block desegrgation.
It is also the birthplace of Henry Draper, a medical doctor and astronomer who made some of the first photographs of the spectral lines of the stars and comets.
Presbyterian dissenters living in Prince Edward County founded Hampden Sydney College, to create an institution of higher education independent of Anglican-dominated William and Mary College in Williamsburg
Source: Historical collections of Virginia, Hampden Sydney College (p.433)
the South Side Railroad crossed the Appomattox River at Farmville, west of its High Bridge crossing
Source: Library of Congress, High Bridge and Farmville (1865)