Virginia’s courthouse villages are among the most distinctive and appealing features of the Commonwealth’s cultural landscape. Charlotte County’s tiny, picturesque county seat is among the best-preserved of these communities. Situated at the intersection of the community’s two principal streets is the courthouse square, on which are Thomas Jefferson’s 1822-23 temple-form courthouse, two county clerk’s offices, the registrar’s office, the county jail, and a Civil War monument. Across the road is a row of mid-19th-century brick commercial buildings, each echoing the courthouse with a pedimented roof. One of the Charlotte Court House Historic District’s oldest structures is the Brick Tavern, an imposing country Federal courthouse tavern built about 1820. Prominent residences include Diamond Hill, an 1840 Greek Revival dwelling, and the W. B. Ramsey House, a vernacular house with Gothic Revival flourishes. Two farms, Wynyard and Villeview, make up the western half of the Charlotte Court House Historic District.
Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark