Russell County

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Russell County is named for William Russell, who was a frontiersman and a state representative.

 

Created:  January 2, 1786

County Seat: 

Castlewood  1786 – 1818

Lebanon       1818 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lebanon

 

Location:  53 East Main Street / Hendricks Avenue

Built:  1874 – 1875

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Felix Grundy Ketron of Lebanon

Contractor:  Felix Grundy Ketron of Lebanon

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and wood  structure. The original building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city and is “T” shaped with a north wing. The south front has a large portico with four white colored columns rising to an ornamented pediment. On the west corner, the building projects slightly. On the center of the roof is a high white colored cupola with white colored dome. The roof is hipped. On the north side is a large addition. Additions were constructed in 1891, 1905 and 1922. The architect in 1922 was Burnett, Dixon & Burnett. A further addition was added in 1958.

 

Note:  The courthouse built in 1818 was destroyed by fire in February 1872.  Felix Grundy Ketron, a master carpenter, was hired to rebuild the structure in 1874 following the design of the 1818 courthouse.  Materials were used from the local area. The front has limestone foundation and the bricks were fired and made on Elk Garden region of the county.

 

Old County Courthouse – Dickersenville

 

Location:  Highway 58A west of Dickersenville

Built:  1799

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Henry Dickenson

Contractor:  Henry Dickenson

 

Description:  The building is a two story stone structure. The building served as the courthouse until 1818 when the county seat was moved to Lebanon. A brick wing was added to the stone structure by the Robert Dickenson family between 1830 and 1850. Used as a residence until the 1970′s, the courthouse began to undergo a restoration process in 1976

 

Courthouses: 

N – Dickenson County and Buchanan County

E – Tazewell County and Smyth County 

S – Washington County

W – Scott County and Wise County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2013