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015-0001 Campbell County Courthouse

Campbell County Courthouse
Photo credit: Mike Pulice/DHR, 2009

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VLR Listing Date 06/16/1981

NRHP Listing Date 10/29/1981

NRHP Reference Number 81000638

The compact but sophisticated Campbell County Courthouse, located in the village of Rustburg, is an important component of Virginia’s well-known collection of Classical Revival courthouses. With its main floor set on a high basement, the porticoed building employs the format also employed for the Pittsylvania, Patrick, and the demolished Bedford County courthouses. It was completed in 1849 by John Wills. The courtroom, with its elaborate plasterwork and woodwork is among Virginia’s least-altered courtrooms of the period. Especially interesting is the aedicule above the judge’s bench framing the Masonic symbol of the all-seeing eye, a unique use of this motif in a Virginia courthouse. The decorative frame is plaster, but the eye itself is realistically executed in glass. Court functions have been transferred to a modern building and the old courthouse is now managed by the Campbell County Historic Society, serving as a museum and education center.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: March 26, 2023