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073-0003 Old Prince Edward County Clerk's Office

Old Prince Edward County Clerk's Office
Photo credit: Alison Ross/DHR, 2011

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VLR Listing Date 06/19/1979

NRHP Listing Date 09/10/1979

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 79003072

The Old Prince Edward County Clerk’s Office, the third to serve the county, is a relic of the period when the tiny settlement of Worsham was the county seat, then known as Prince Edward Court House. The last courthouse here was built in 1832. It was for this structure that the clerk’s office was erected in 1855 by the builders Guthrey and Thaxton. The small but refined building is a relatively late expression of the Classical Revival and illustrates the style’s persistence in rural areas. The courthouse was demolished after the county seat was moved to Farmville in 1872, and the clerk’s office became a dormitory for Prince Edward Academy. The Old Prince Edward County Clerk’s Office later housed a public school and eventually was converted to a residence. It was reacquired by the county in 1977.

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

Updated: May 5, 2022