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316-0002 Old Middlesex County Courthouse

Old Middlesex County Courthouse
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/20/1977

NRHP Listing Date 05/23/1980

NPS property number 76002114

Although much altered from its original, and probably very simple, appearance, the former courthouse of Middlesex County is one of Virginia’s rare colonial court structures. A courthouse was ordered for Urbanna in 1685, but local arguments over ferry access to the county seat prevented any construction until 1748. During the Revolution, the local Committee of Safety met here to try local gentry for suspected loyalty to the crown. In 1847 the Middlesex justices moved the county seat to the more accessible settlement of Saluda. The former courthouse was then remodeled in the Gothic style and used as interdenominational chapel. During the Civil War the building served as a barracks for Confederate troops. From 1920 to 1948 it housed an Episcopal congregation, after which it was deconsecrated and deeded to the Middlesex County Woman’s Club, which it continues to serve.


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

Updated May 2, 2019