Amherst County

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

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Rockbridge County and Nelson County

E – Nelson County

S – Appomattox CountyCampbell County and Lynchburg

W – Bedford County

 

Created:  September 14, 1758               Map of Virginia highlighting Amherst County

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.

 

County Courthouse – Amherst

 

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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

 

Note:  The railing from the original courthouse was removed and installed on the second floor of the new courthouse. It has a prominent place in front of the large window. As you look out the window notice in the left section of the railing. It has a number of notches, which are believed to represent the number of hangings. There are eight notches.

 

History:  The first county seat was Cablesville ( Colleen ) now in Nelson County and the first court met at Henry Key’s Ordinary erected in 1761 and which became the first courthouse. The building continued as the courthouse for Nelson County and burned in 1917. The county seat was moved to Amherst ( Five Oaks ) in 1807 and the first courthouse was a timber frame structure erected in 1808 to 1809. The second courthouse was built in 1870 to 1872 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1996 to 1997.

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Amherst

 

 

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County Courthouse – Amherst

 

 

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Photos taken 2013