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Old Clerk's Office

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1796–1797; 1833 addition. South of the courthouse, Courthouse Sq.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Town pump (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Now the oldest building in the square, this is also one of the earliest surviving clerk's offices in the state. The one-story, gabled brick building, made T-shaped in 1833 with a rear addition, has segmental-arched openings and a later Italianate porch along the front. Beyond it is the town pump, a rare survivor of the wells found almost always on early Virginia courthouse squares.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


What's Nearby


Anne Carter Lee, "Old Clerk's Office", [Powhatan, 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, 280-280.

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