Amherst County

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Amherst County is named for Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, who was a colonial governor of Virginia.


Created:  September 14, 1758

County Seat: 

Cablesville  1758 – 1762

Amherst      1762 – present


Old County Courthouse – Amherst


Location:  East Court Street / Goodwin Street

Built:  1872

Style:  Colonial

Architect:  Kilpatrick & Smith

Contractor:  Kilpatrick & Smith


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored brick structure. The west front project from the main building and has a pediment at the roof. There are one story north and south wings. The windows have shutters. On the center of the roof is a white colored octagonal cupola. The roof is hipped. The building was remodeled in 1933. An addition was constructed on the east side in 1962. The architect was Clarence H Hinnant. The building is attached to the modern courthouse on the east side.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1762 and next courthouse built in 1812.


County Courthouse – Amherst




Location:  113 Taylor Street / 2nd Street

Built:  1996 – 1997

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hancock-Fuqua-Robertson Inc. of Lynchburg

Contractor:  Sandy Pearce of Amherst


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The east front has a large portico in the center supported by four large white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. Behind the columns is a glass wall. The north and south wings project from the main building. The roof line is flat. The old courthouse is attached on the west side. A further addition was constructed in 1977



North  – Rockbridge County and Nelson County

East    – Nelson County

South – Appomattox CountyCampbell County and Lynchburg

West   – Bedford County



































Photos taken 2013