Pittsylvania County

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Pittsylvania County is named for William Pitt, who was the first Earl of Chatham.


Created:  November 6, 1766

County Seat: 

Callande  1767 – 1777

Chatham  1777 – present


Old County Courthouse – Chatham


Location:  North Main Street / Bank Street

Built:  1852 – 1853

Style:  Classical Revival and Italianate

Architect:  L Shumaker and L M Shumaker

Contractor:  L Shumaker and L M Shumaker


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The west front has a large portico with four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. Stairs ascend to the second story. On the center of the roof is a large square white colored cupola with clock, belfry and hipped roof. North and south wings extend from the building and the Courthouse Annex constructed in 1968 is attached on the east side. Alterations were made in 1896 and 1927.


See:  The contractor, L Shumaker and L M Shumaker also constructed the courthouse in Campbell County.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Callands in 1770 by James Roberts. The next courthouse was built in 1783 by David Hunt.


County Courthouse – Chatham




Location:  11 Bank Street / North Main Street

Built:  1989 – 1991

Style:  Modern

Architect:  The Moseley Group

Contractor:  Blair Construction, Inc.


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story light red colored brick and concrete structure. The building joins the Courthouse Annex on the west side and extends east and north. The first story has brick pillars along the south side. A wide concrete band runs along thee flat roof line. The building is names as the Edward R Shields Courthouse.


County Administration – Chatham




Location:  21 North Main Street / Center Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The west central entrance is framed with concrete and the building corners are also trimmed. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Moses Building and is located on the north side of the old courthouse



N – Bedford County and Campbell County

E – Halifax County

S – Caswell County, North Carolina, Danville and Rockingham County, North Carolina

W – Henry County and Franklin County






































Photos taken 2013