Tazewell County

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Tazewell County is named for Henry Tazewell, who was a United States Senator from Virginia.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Buchanan County, McDowell County, West Virginia and Mercer County, West Virginia

E – Bland County

S – Bland County and Smyth County

W – Russell County and Buchanan County


Created:  December 17, 1799                Map of Virginia highlighting Tazewell County

County Seat: 

Tazewell  1800 – present


County Courthouse – Tazewell 


Location:  101 East Main Street / Court Avenue

Built:  1874 – 1875 / 1914

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  W G Bottimore

Contractor:  H L Branson & W W Peery


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Tazewell. The north front has a portico with four white colored Doric columns with pediment at the roof line. The center section projects from the main building with east and west wings.  A cornice runs below the roof line. The roof is mansard. The building houses the County Circuit Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the 29th Judicial Circuit. The building was remodeled in 1914 and the architect was Andrew J Bryan and the contractor was Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky.


See:  The architect, Andrew J Bryan designed other courhouses in Alabama Monroe CountyThe contractor Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky.


County Courthouse Addition – Tazewell 




Location:  135 Court Street /  Court Avenue

Built:  2000 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thompson & Litton

Contractor:  Ellinwood + Machado


Description:  The building faces south and is  a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Tazewell on the south side of the courthouse. The building has a raised basement. The center section projects slightly  and has six double pillars with recessed poorch. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County General District Court of the 29th Judicial Circuit.


See:  The 29th Judicial Circuit includes Buchanan CountyDickenson County and Russell County.


History:  The county was created in 1799 and Tazewell was selected as the county seat in 1800. The first courthouse was built of buckeye logs in Tazewell ( Jeffersonville ) at a cost of $10 by men from the county. The second courthouse was a frame structure built by William Williams in 1801 at a cost of $938. The courthouse burned in 1839’s and the third courthouse was a brick structure built in 1835. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1874 to 1875.The Courthouse Addition was constructed in 200 to 2002.




County Courthpuse – Tazewell



















County Courthouse Addition – Tazewell




Photos taken 2013