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Courthouse and Clerk's Office

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Early 19th century. VA 969, 0.5 miles north of VA 57

Callands was a busy little courthouse town in the eighteenth century and today is a local hot spot of architectural controversy. All agree that when Pittsylvania became a county in 1767, its first courthouse was built at Callands. Pittsylvanians tenaciously hold to the belief that the gable-end brick structure is the first Pittsylvania County Courthouse and that the small three-bay brick building opposite is the first Pittsylvania County Clerk's Office. However evocative the locale and attractive the buildings, architectural evidence leads to the conclusion that these fine one-story buildings laid up in Flemish and common bond with stepped brick cornices are early-nineteenth-century buildings, important structures for their own time.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee



Anne Carter Lee, "Courthouse and Clerk's Office", [Callands, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 379-380.

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