This restrained brown brick building replaced an 1870s courthouse. Funded by the WPA, the flat-roofed building of two stories over a high basement is thirteen bays wide with a slightly projecting five-bay central block. A four-columned pedimented Doric portico and a domed cupola with an open belfry are applied to the otherwise plain structure. The interior of the courthouse is rather stark with glazed terra-cotta wainscoting and steel-cased doors. Set behind a modest lawn, the courthouse does not dominate the street, and indeed when Confederate veterans and the Daughters of the Confederacy erected a bronze statue of the ordinary Confederate soldier (1900, Charles M. Walsh), they chose a prominent location on High Street rather than the courthouse green.
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Prince Edward County Courthouse
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