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187-0002 Old Clerk's Office, Chatham

Old Clerk's Office, Chatham
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VLR Listing Date 10/20/1981

NRHP Listing Date 07/08/1982

NPS property number 82004580

Completed in 1812 to serve the 1783 Pittsylvania courthouse, the former clerk’s office is the oldest public building in Chatham. Built to be the chief repository of the county’s official records, it served from 1813 to 1852 under the charges of William Tunstall, Jr., and his son William H. Tunstall, who succeeded him as clerk in 1836. The simple brick structure lost its original intended function in 1853 with the construction of the present courthouse, which accommodated a new clerk’s office. A demolished one room addition of 1833 was reconstructed when building was restored by the Pittsylvania County Historical Society in 1987-89. The building is now used as the society’s museum and meeting place.


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

Updated October 14, 2018