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Bowling Green

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  • Caroline County Courthouse
  • Caroline County Courthouse
  • Baptist Church

Bowling Green is a county courthouse town that has grown following the traffic pattern along Main Street. The major interest is the Caroline County Courthouse ( PE57.1) (c. 1830, attributed to William B. Phillips and Malcolm F. Crawford; 1907, addition, William C. West), a temple-form, arcaded courthouse that follows the Jeffersonian tradition. Caroline County was established in 1727, and this may be its sixth county courthouse. Although no records connect Jefferson's builders, Phillips and Crawford, with this building, it closely resembles their Madison County Courthouse. The proportions have been altered from those used at Madison: the space is cramped between the arches and the second-floor windows. The square latticework belfry is probably not original. The usual auxiliary buildings surround the courthouse. In front is a substantial Confederate monument (1906, J. Henry Brown). The town contains other nineteenth-century buildings, the most impressive being the Baptist Church ( PE57.2) (1898–1899, D. Wiley Anderson; later additions) in the Baptist low Gothic mode, which would have appalled a proper gothicist like Ralph Adams Cram. It is extremely colorful with its polychromatic roof tiles, wide nave, and exuberant tower sporting an incongruous window.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.



Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Bowling Green", [Bowling Green, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 353-353.

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