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032-0040 Fluvanna County Courthouse Historic District

Fluvanna County Courthouse Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 01/05/1971

NRHP Listing Date 09/22/1971

NPS property number 71000977

Termed by architectural historian Talbot Hamlin the “Acropolis of Palmyra” this cluster of court structures, dominated by a temple form, Greek Doric courthouse, stands grandly overlooking the surrounding village. Gen. John Hartwell Cocke of nearby Bremo, one of the five commissioners who drafted plans for both the courthouse and jail, took primary responsibility for their final appearance. The 1829 stone jail, built by John G. Hughes, is similar to the distinctive brick and stone farm buildings at Bremo. The courthouse, completed in 1831, was supervised by Walker Timberlake, a Methodist preacher/contractor. It is one of the state’s few antebellum courthouses to remain without additions and retain its original interior arrangement and many original fittings. Inscribed on the stone lintel above the entrance is “THE MAXIM HELD SACRED BY EVERY FREE PEOPLE / OBEY THE LAWS.


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

Updated April 4, 2018