There are 5 US Post Offices in Amherst County serving a total of 32,850 residents equating to 6,570 residents per post office. It's estimated that approximately 52,432 packages are handled across the 5 county post offices annually. Amherst County is an American county, located in the Piedmont region and near the center of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The county is part of the Lynchburg, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, and its county seat is Amherst. Amherst County was created in 1761 out of Albemarle County, and it was named in honor of Lord Jeffery Amherst, the so-called \"Conqueror of Canada\". The county was subsequently reduced in size in 1807 in order to give up land to form Nelson County. Tobacco was the major cash crop of the county during its early years. As of the 2010 census, the population of the county was 32,353, a small increase from the 31,894 people reported in the 2000 census."