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091-0072 Sussex Court House Historic District

Sussex Court House Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 10/17/1972

NRHP Listing Date 07/24/1973

NPS property number 73002066

The tiny settlement of Sussex Court House typifies the early 19th-century Virginia county seat, consisting of a scattering of court structures with a few law offices and dwellings. The district is dominated by its Jeffersonian courthouse, completed in 1828 by Dabney Cosby, Sr., who built several court structures in the classical style he mastered while employed at the University of Virginia. For the courthouse Cosby made use of a pedimented pavilion with an arcaded ground floor instead of the usual columned portico. Across the road is the 1817 former treasurer’s office, a story-and-a-half brick structure. Immediately north of the courthouse is the ca. 1800 Dillard house, a two-story weatherboarded dwelling which likely served as the courthouse tavern. Nearby is the John Bannister house, a two-story wood-frame house which at one time housed a girls’ school.


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

Updated April 4, 2018