Brunswick County

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Brunswick County is named for the former Duchy of Brunswick-Lunenburg in Germany.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses:

N – Nottoway County and Dinwiddie County

E – Greensville County

S – Northampton County, North Carolina and Warren County, North Carolina

W – Mecklenburg County and Lunenburg County

 

Created:  November 2, 1720                  Map of Virginia highlighting Brunswick County

County Seat: 

Thomasburg ( Cochran )  1723 – 1744

Freeman                           1744 – 1814

Lawrenceville                    1814 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lawrenceville

 

Location:  216 North Main Street / Hicks Street

Built:  1997 – 1999

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Browne, Eichman, Dalgliesh, Gilpin and Paxton PC ( Dalgliesh, Eichaman, Oglie & Farris )

Contractor:  Knightsbridge Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lawrenceville. The west front has a projecting center section with a portico and four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The roof is hipped with several dormers. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 6th Judicial Circuit. The building is named as the Albertis S. Harrison, Jr. Courthouse. 

 

Old County Courthouse – Lawrenceville

 

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Location:  202 North Main Street / Bank Street

Built:  1854

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Edward Randolph Turnbull and Robert Kirkland.

Contractor:  Edward Randolph Turnbull and Robert Kirkland.

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lawrenceville on the north side of the courthouse and the Old County Jail. The west front has a large portico with four white colored Doric columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The recessed entrance is framed with white colored wood trim. On the roof is a square cupola. In the interior is a two story entrance hall with stairs on either side ascending to a common landing at the courtroom on the second story. There are fireplaces with plain period mantels. The building houses the County General District Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the 6th Judicial Circuit.  The building was enlarged in 1924 and 1939. The building was enlarged again in 1976 to 1978. The architect was William Ward Moseley and the contractor was Edward E Davis. The building was renovated in 2013. The contractor was Blair Construction of Gretna. On the north side of the courthouse is the County Clerk’s Office built by J Dimmock of Richmong in 1893.

 

Note:  The courthouse is similar to the 1842 courthouse in Mecklenburg County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Brunswick County Courthouse Square

 

See:  The 6th Judicial Circuit includes EmporiaGreensville County, Hopewell, Prince George CountySurry County and Sussex County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1720 and Thomasburg (Cochran) was selected as the county seat in 1723. There was no need for a courthouse until the first courthouse was erected in 1732 in the area of the Route 1 and 46 intersections near Fort Christanna. The county seat was moved to Freeman in 1744 and the courthouse was moved to the new site. In 1783, the second courthouse was built. In 1814, the county seat was moved to Lawrenceville and the third courthouse was built. The fourth courthouse was built in 1854 at a cost of $7,000 and is still standing. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1997 to 1999.

 

 

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County Courthouse - Lawrenceville 

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Lawrenceville

 

 

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County Clerk’s Office – Lawrenceville

 

 

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Old County Jail – Lawrenceville

 

 

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Photos taken 2013