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Old Shenandoah County Courthouse

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1795–1798; 1840, 1880 rear additions; 1929 portico. Main St. at W. Court St.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Considered the oldest surviving court building in Virginia west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah County Courthouse dominates the center of Woodstock. Its coursed limestone walls and ogee-roofed hexagonal cupola, reminiscent of German Baroque churches, reflect the building practices and forms of the large German population that settled the Woodstock area from the mid-eighteenth century. Additions to the building include a brick wing (1840) and a larger Romanesque Revival-influenced brick addition (1880) to the wing. The building and the additions are now painted a light gray color. A two-story Tuscan portico was attached to the building's front in 1929. With the construction of a new courthouse in the 1970s, the old courthouse became a museum and public meeting space.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Old Shenandoah County Courthouse", [Woodstock, 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, 69-69.

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