America's 3rd Oldest Courthouse

America's 3rd Oldest Courthouse (HMBMP)

Location: Charles City, VA 23030 Charles City County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 20.511', W 77° 4.335'

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This courthouse has been used continuously for judicial purposes for more than 250 years — only two other courthouses in the entire country have a longer history. Built in 1757, almost 20 years before the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the original T-shaped structure was entered on the north side through an arcade fronted with five arches which are now windows. Following the Civil War the arcade was bricked in to provide more space, and the entrance was moved to the south.

The first court was established in Charles City in 1624 at Westover Plantation on the James River. All judicial proceedings were moved to this location when this courthouse was built 133 years later.

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Despite changes to the original structure, some consider this building to be the most sophisticated surviving example of an arcaded courthouse. The builder employed distinctive and labor-intensive brickwork. Can you find rubbed brick at the corners, arches and window jambs? Examine the brick water table on the lower section of the walls. Can you see how the molded brick curves in opposite directions?
Rubbed brick. Water table.
Placed ByCharles City Courthouse, Waste Management
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 10:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 316437 N 4134810
Decimal Degrees37.34185000, -77.07225000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 20.511', W 77° 4.335'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 20' 30.66" N, 77° 4' 20.10" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10710 Courthouse Rd, Charles City VA 23030, US
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