Giles County

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Giles County is named for William branch Giles, who was a member of the United States House of Representatives and the Virginia General Assembly.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Summers County, West Virginia and Monroe County, West Virginia

E – Craig County, Montgomery County and Pulaski County

S – Bland County

W – Mercer County, West Virginia


Created:  January 6, 1806                      Map of Virginia highlighting Giles County

County Seat: 

Pearisburg  1806 – present


County Courthouse – Pearisburg 


Location:  120 North Main Street / Wenonah Avenue

Built:  1834 – 1836

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  Thomas Mercer

Contractor:  Thomas Mercer


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story dark red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pearisburg. The south front has a portico supported by four thin columns rising to a pediment at the second story. The entrance is arched. There are lower east and west wings. On the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola with green colored dome. The building has a hip roof. The front portico was constructed in 1900. On the north side is a three story addition. The building was renovated in 1998 to 2005. The architect was HDH Associates of Christiansburg and John P Cone, Jr. and the contractor was Thor, Inc. of Roanoke. The project manager was Mason B Montgomery. On the east side is the Sheriff’s Residence and on the north side is the Courts Building constructed in 1979.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Giles County Courthouse


History:  The first courthouse was built in 1809 to 1810 using donated lumber and stone from George Pearis. The second and present courthouse was built in 1834 to 1836 at a cost of $5,000.




County Courthouse – Pearisburg
















County Courts Building – Pearisburg




County Sheriff’s Residence – Pearisburg

Photos taken 2012