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Richmond County

Richmond County is named for Sir Charles Lennox, who was the 4th Duke of Richmond and who was Governor General of British North America.


County Created  :  April 17, 1879 ( 1835 )

County Seat:  

Arichat  1879 – present


Old Courthouse – Arichat  


Location:  2576 Highway 206 / Grandique Road

Built:  1846 – 1847

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Alexander McDonald

Contractor:  Alexander McDonald


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story white coloured wood frame structure. The building is located on a landscaped slope in the centre of the town. The south front has a large portico with four white coloured Ionic columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. On the north side the second story is at ground level. The roof is hipped. The building is now closed.


Note:   The courthouse is being sold as the court has moved to Port Hawkesbury in Inverness County


See:  The architect Alexander McDonald also designed courthouses in Antigonish County and Guysborough County.



N – Cape Breton County

E – Atlantic Ocean

S – Guysborough County

W – Inverness County




Old Courthouse















Photos taken 2018