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Historic Dinwiddie County Courthouse

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1851; 1858–1865 remodeled; 20th-century alterations. U.S. 1 at Courthouse Rd.

When completed in 1851, the courthouse's exterior was admired, but its interior arrangements were deemed unsatisfactory. By 1858 remodeling had begun but was interrupted by the Civil War and was unfinished in 1865 when General Philip Sheridan and his Union troops occupied the square. As illustrated in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (July 1865), the courthouse had long poles propping up its eaves, was surrounded by a wooden fence to keep out wandering stock, and a communal, latticed well with a pyramidal roof stood in the foreground. On the right stood a small building, probably the clerk's office, which was later incorporated as a courthouse wing. The courthouse itself was a gable-end building with the front and side bays delineated by two-story pilasters. On the front, two matching flights of stairs met at a central balconied landing that in turn led into the courtroom on the newly created upper floor. Like a number of other converted courtrooms—including that at nearby Lunenburg County (LU1) before it was remodeled—the Dinwiddie courtroom was probably two stories high with a rear balcony. Renovations in the early twentieth century led to the removal of almost all of the original interior trim. In the 1930s the courthouse gained a rear addition, a wing on the left designed to balance the older office on the right, and the monumental Doric portico. The court moved to a new building (DW1) in 1998.

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Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Historic Dinwiddie County Courthouse", [Dinwiddie, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-DW3.

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