Cass County

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Cass County is named for General Lewis Cass, who was a United States Senator and Vice President under Presidents Adams and Jackson.


Created:  March 3, 1837

County Seat:

Beardstown  1839 – 1872

Virginia         1872 – present


County Courthouse – Virginia


Location:  100 East Springfield Street / South Main Street

Built:  1874 – 1875

Style:  Georgian

Architect:  Citizens of Virginia including T J Kemper and Butler, Sandmyer and Company

Contractor:  Citizens of Virginia including T J Kemper and Butler, Sandmyer and Company


Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure.The south front has a wide portico on the first story. The windows are narrow and arched. White stone trim decorated the windows and corners of the building. The roof is mansard style. There is an older wing on the east side and a new wing on the west side with flat roof. Two additions were built in 1891 on the east and west sides. An addition was built in 1913 on the east side. In 1939 the west wing was enlarged. The contractor was Wessell and Sons. In 2011 to 2012, the building was remodeled. The contractor was Laverdiere Construction Inc. of Macomb.


Old County Courthouse – Beardstown




Location:  Third Street / State Street

Built:  1843 – 1844

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Thomas Beard

Contractor:  B W Schneider


Description: The building faces northwest and is a two story red colored brick structure. The roof is piched. The building was used as a corthouse until 1867,



N – Schuyler County and Mason County

E – Menard County and Sangamon County

S – Morgan County

W – Brown County and Schuyler County 

















Photos taken 2007 and 2012