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Accomack County

Accomack County is named for the Native American word meaning “across the water place”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Somerset County, Maryland and Worcester County, Maryland

E – Atlantic Ocean

S – Northampton County

W – Middlesex County, Lancaster County and Northumberland County

 

Created:  1663                                        Map of Virginia highlighting Accomack County

County Seat: 

Onancockk   1663 – 1693

Matomkin     1693 – 1786

Drummond   1786 – 1893

Accomac      1893 – present

 

County Courthouse – Accomac

 

Location:  23316 Courthouse Avenue / Front Street

Built:  1899 – 1901

Style:  Romanesque Revival and Victorian

Architect:  B F Smith Fireproof Construction Company

Contractor:  B F Smith Fireproof Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Accomac. The south front has a projecting brick porch on the first story with recessed entrance and balcony on the second story. The second story has five long arched windows and above is parapet with two small arched windows. On the center of the roof is a large square bell tower with open section at the top and steep green colored roof. There is a cross gable in the center and the roof is hipped. The building houses the County Circuit Court and County Juvenile Court of the 2A Judicial Circuit. During construction, George R Nock was the supervisor. On the west side of the courthouse is the old Clerk’s Office constructed of red colored brick in 1887. The building was reconstructed in 1968. The architect was J Linwood Walker and the contractor was Joseph S Floyd Corporation.

 

Note:  The county is one of the original 8 shires in 1634, being Accomac Shire which included Northampton County.

 

County District Court Courthouse – Accomac

 

 

Location:  23371 Front Street / Courthouse Avenue

Built:  1999 – 2001

Style:  Modern

Architect:  PMA + Architect

Contractor:  Mervin L Blades & Son, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red-buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Accomac to the east of the courthouse. The south front has a central entrance with projecting canopy above. On either side are slightly projecting section which rise to peaks at the roof line. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County General District Court and County Juvenile Court of the 2A Judicial Circuit.

 

See:  The 2nd Judicial Circuit includes Northampton County and Virginia Beach.

 

History:  The county was created in 1663 and Onancock was designated as the county seat. After 1663 court was held in various taverns. The first courthouse was built by John Cole in Onancock in 1677. The county seat was moved to Matomkin in 1693 and the court met at the tavern of John Cole. The second courthouse was built by Delight Shield in 1709 to 1710. The third courthouse was a rectangular brick structure built by Severn Guthrey in 1756 to 1758. In 1787, the Clerk’s office was moved to Drummond (Drummondtown). In 1798, Thomas Custis built the Clerk’s Office. Another Clerk’s Office was built in 1887. In 1893, the name of the county seat was changed to Accomac. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1899 to 1900. The District Court Courthouse was constructed in 1999 to 2001.


County Administration Building – Accomac

 

 

Location:  Courthouse Avenue / Wise Court

Built:  1999 – 2001

Style:  Modern

Architect:  J Linwood Walker

Contractor:  Joseph S Floyd Corporation

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story light red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Accomac to the north of the courthouse. The east front has a slightly projecting center section with three large arches on the first story with recessed entrance. At the roof line is a wide pediment. The roof is hipped.

 

 

County Courthouse – Accomac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Clerk’s Office – Accomac

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Accomac

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court Courthouse – Accomac

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2013