Charlotte County

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Charlotte County is named for Queen Charlotte, who was the wife of King George III of England.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Appomattox County and Prince Edward County

E – Lunenburg County

S – Mecklenburg County

W – Halifax County and Campbell County


Created:  May 26, 1764                          Map of Virginia highlighting Charlotte County

County Seat: 

Charlotte Court House  1765 – present


County Courthouse – Charlotte Court House 


Location:  125 David Bruce Avenue / Legrande Avenue

Built:  1821 – 1823

Style:  Greek-Roman Revival

Architect:  Thomas Jefferson

Contractor:  John Percival


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The north front of the rectangular building has a large Truscan  portico with four whitewashed stuccoed columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. There is a bell hanging from the pediment. The floor of the portico has decorative tiles. The widows have green colored shutters. The courtroom is located on the first story. 


Note:  The plans were drawn by Thomas Jefferson for the 1822 Buckingham County courthouse. The cost of construction of the courthouse was $5,362.61.


See:  Thomas Jefferson designed the Roman Temple style of courthouse. Prominent among the courthouse builders who had worked at the University of Virginia were Dabney Cosby, Sr., Malcolm F Crawford, and William B Phillips. They in turn influenced other builders in the Jeffersonian idiom, including Branch Ellington, William A Howard, David Meade, and Valentine Parrish. Courthouse still standing  include those in Buckingham County and Charlotte County designed by Jefferson and those in Caroline CountyClarke CountyCumberland CountyGoochland CountyGreene CountyLunenburg CountyMadison CountyMecklenburg CountyNottoway CountyPage County, Rappahannock County and Sussex County.


County Clerk’s Office – Charlotte Court House  




Location:  111 Legrande Avenue / David Bruce Avenue

Built:  1840

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick structure. The west front has a wide one story porch supported by four pillars. There are green colored shutters on the windows. The roof is hipped.


County Registrar’s Office – Charlotte Court House  




Location:  115 Legrande Avenue / David Bruce Avenue

Built:  1900

Style:  Late Victorian

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story red colored brick style structure. The west front has a large square projecting brick tower with steep green colored pyramidal roof. The entrance is recessed. There are green colored shutters on the windows. The roof is hipped. A molded water table, belt courses, frieze, and segmental and semicircular-arched openings are all executed in dark red colored brick and are suggestive of the Romanesque Revival style of architecture, popular for public buildings at the tum of the century.


See:  The 10th Judicial Circuit includes Appomattox County, Buckingham CountyCumberland CountyHalifax CountyLunenburg County, Mecklenburg County and Prince Edward County.











































Photos taken 2013