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Bedford County Courthouse

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1930, Clarence H. Hinnant. 129 E. Main St.

Bedford's Classical Revival courthouse is fronted by a five-bay portico of four Ionic columns and a pediment elaborated with a crest embellished with corn and tobacco and flanked by eagles that is derived from the Duke of Bedford's crest. The building's walls of contrasting salmon-colored stretcher and dark header bricks give it a lively appearance, a pattern that is repeated in the walls of the Bedford Central Library (BD8). Brick pilasters delineating four bays mark the courthouse's flanking wings. A circular cupola with paired Corinthian colonettes and decorated with urns rises from a square clock-faced base with scrolled sides. On the courthouse lawn are a Confederate obelisk and markers for the Battle of Point Pleasant and other events of local importance.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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