Charles City County

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Charles City County is named for Prince Charles, who was the second son of King James I of England and later became King Charles I.


Created:  1634  ( one of the original 8 shires )

County Seat: 

City Point                   1634 – 1639

Westover Plantation  1639 – 1730

Charles City               1730 – present


County Courthouse – Charles City


Location:  Court House Road / Watermelon Fields Road

Built:  2003 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wiley and Wilson of Lynchburg / Moseley Architects, Inc.

Contractor:  Canavan Construction of Richmond


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The west front has a projecting center section with three high arches at the front and two high arches on either side. One story glass paneled sections run north and south from the center section to projecting one story sections. The red colored roof is hipped.


See:  The architect, Wiley and Wilson of Lynchburg, also designed courthouses in  Gloucester CountyLancaster County, Lunenburg County, Middlesex County and Richmond County.


Old County Courthouse – Charles City




Location:  Court House Road / Watermelon Fields Road

Built:  1740

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a one story red colored brick laid in Flemish bond and wood structure. The building is “T” shaped. The south front has a porch supported by four pillars. The building has the original  modillion cornice. The red colored tin roof is hipped. An addition was built in 1893 by John Tyler. On the east side is the old Clerk’s Office.


Note:  The courthouse is the fourth oldest courthouse in the United States. The oldest courthouses is located in King William County, Virginia (1725). The second oldest courthouses is in Salem County, New Jersey (1735). The third oldest is in Hanover County, Virginia (1737). The fifth oldest is in Richmond County, Virginia (1748).  Because the county records were destroyed during the Civil War, the construction date of the courthouse is uncertain. It is believed that the courthouse was built in the early 1730′s. or 1740′s The similarity between the brickwork with that of the courthouse at nearby Westover Plantation shows that the two buildings were constructed by the same builder.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Charles City County Court House



N – New Kent County

E – James City County

S – Surry County, Prince George County and Hopewell

W – Chesterfield County and Henrico County












































Photos taken 2013