Middlesex County

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Middlesex County is named for Middlesex County in the United Kingdom.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lancaster County

E – Northampton County

S – Mathews CountyGloucester County and King and Queen County

W – Essex County


Created:  September 29, 1674               Map of Virginia highlighting Middlesex County

County Seat: 

Stormont  1674 – 1745

Urbanna   1748 – 1849

Saluda      1849 – present


Old County Courthouse – Saluda


Location:  NE – School Street / Gloucester Road

Built:  1852 – 1853

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  John P Hill

Contractor:  John P Hill


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The south front has three large arches along the front and arches at either end of the arcade. There is a pediment at the roof line and the roof is hipped. On the east side is the Woodward Building constructed in 1966. That building has a similar arcade and wide pediment at the roof. The two buildings are connected by a one story arcade. On the east side is the old jail built by William R Jones.


Note:  John P. Hill was builder of the courthouse building and was paid $1.010.95 out of a sheriff’s levy of taxpayers to provide for that purpose.


County Courthouse – Saluda




Location:  73 Bowden Street / New Street

Built:  2003 – 2007

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wiley and Wilson of Lynchburg

Contractor:  Carle Beale, Ritchie Curbow Construction


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The south front has a small central one story portico with arches. The center section of the building projects from the main building and has a hipped roof. The east and west wings have fat roof lines. Along the front of the first story are arches.


See:  The architect, Wiley and Wilson of Lynchburg, also designed courthouses in Charles City County, Gloucester County, Lancaster County, Lunenburg County.and Richmond County.


Old County Courthouse – Urbanna


Location:  202 Virginia Street / Cross Street

Built:  1745 – 1748

Style:  Gothic Revival

Architect:  John Rodes, Jr.

Contractor:  John Rodes, Jr.


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story white colored wood structure. The “U” shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Urbanna. The main entrance is located at the west projecting wing and has arched window above. There is a smaller projecting east wing. The roof is hipped. The interior has a large hall where the court met.


Note: Originally a simple rectangular brick structure with walls laid in Flemish bond with an English-bond water table, the building was transformed into a Gothic Revival church with pointed-arched openings and decorative bargeboards after 1849 when the county seat moved to Saluda. The building became an interdenominational church and is now the Middlesex County Woman’s Club.


See:  The 9th Judicial Circuit includes Charles City County, Gloucester County, James City CountyKing and Queen CountyKing William County, Mathews County, New Kent CountyPoquoson, Williamsburg and York County


History:  The county was created in 1674 and Stormont was selected as the county seat. In 1745, the county seat was moved to Urbana. The first courthouse was built in 1745 to 1748. In 1849, the county seat was moved to Saluda. The second courthouse was built in 1852 to 1853 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 2003 to 2007.




Old County Courthouse – Saluda




























County Courthouse – Saluda
















Photos taken 2013