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Petersburg is named for Peter Jones, who was an early settler and merchant.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights

E – Prince George County

S – Prince George County and Dinwiddie County

W – Dinwiddie County

Independent City                                   State map highlighting Petersburg

Created:  1870


Old Husting Courthouse – Petersburg


Location:  1 Courthouse Avenue / North Sycamore Street

Built:  1838 – 1840

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Calvin Pollard of New York, New York

Contractor:  Major Daniel Lyon and Captain Beverley Drinhard


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story yellow colored brick and wood structure. The rectangular shaped building sits at the crest of a hill in the center of Petersburg. The west front has a large porch with six high white colored columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. The recessed entrance has a small balcony above on the second story. On the roof is a high round cupola with dome and statue of Justice at the top. In the interior is a foyer and the original courtroom was located on the first story. The building is known as the Hustings Courthouse. The building was renovated in 1877. In 1965 an addition was constructed and renovations were completed. In 2018, the building was restored and renovated. The architect was Mosley Architects of Richmond and the contractor was J W Enochs Inc. of Hopewell.


Note:  In colonial Virginia, the county or hustings courts handled cases below the General Court, which met in the capital city of Williamsburg. Husting court proceedings involved legally binding records and cases such as business contracts, debts, land deeds and wills. The term ”hustings” derives from a British form of court system loosely in place in Virginia and refers to a public space where political campaign speeches were made.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Old Husting Courthouse


Circuit Court Courthouse – Petersburg




Location:  7 Courthouse Avenue / North Sycamore Street

Built:  1994 – 1996

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Bonet Comet Westmoreland + Hiner Architects

Contractor:  Gulf Seaboard General Contractors Inc. of Ashland


Description:  The building faces south and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the slope of a hill in the center of Petersburg. The south front has a central entrance with small pediment above. The east and west wings have gabled roofs. The building houses the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit. 


General District Court Courthouse – Petersburg




Location:  35 East Tabb Street / North Adams Street

Built:  1968 – 1969

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Gordon B Galusha

Contractor:  Kenbridge Construction Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a one story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Petersburg. The building has a long porch with concrete pillars rising to the flat overhanging roof. The walls are glass panels with vertical concrete dividers. On the west side is a recessed section. The building houses the General District Court. The building houses the General District Court of the 11th Judicial District. On the west side is an adjoining section which houses the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.


See:  The 11th Judicial Circuit and Judicial District includes Amelia County, Dinwiddie CountyNottoway County and Powhatan County.


History:  The first courthouse was a frame structure built in 1793. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1838 to 1840. City of Petersburg was created in 1850. The General District County Courthouse was constructed in 1968 to 1969. The Circuit Court courthouse was constructed in 1994 to 1996.





Old Husting Courthouse – Petersburg



















Circuit Court Courthouse – Petersburg














General District Court Courthouse – Petersburg




Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courthouse




Photos taken 2013