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Amelia County

Amelia County is named for Princess Amelia Sophia of Great Britain, who was the daughter of King George II.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Powhatan County and Chesterfield County

E – Dinwiddie County

S – Nottoway County

W – Prince Edward County and Cumberland County


Created:  February 1, 1734                    Map of Virginia highlighting Amelia County

County Seat: 

Pridesville                  1735 – 1766

Dennisville                 1766 – 1849

Amelia Court House  1849 – present


County Courthouse – Amelia Court House


Location:  16441 Court Street / Amelia Street

Built:  1923 – 1924

Style:  Colonial

Architect:  Cooper Lai

Contractor:  D P Bass.


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on a landscaped two acre square in the center of Amelia Court House. The west front has a large portico supported by four large columns with a large pediment above. The entrance is framed with a small pediment above. The building extends east. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County General District Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit. On the west side is a modern two story addition. On the east side is the Old County Jail. To the south on Dunn Street is the County Office.


See:  The 11th Judicial Circuit includes Dinwiddie CountyNottoway CountyPetersburg and Powhatan County.


History:  The county was created in 1734 and Pridesville was selected aws the county seat in 1735. The first courthouse was erected in Pridesville after 1735. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1766. The county seat was moved to Dennisville in 1766 and the second courthouse was erected. In 1849, the county seat was moved to Amelia Court House and the third courthouse was built in 1849 to 1850. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1923 to 1924.



County Courthouse – Amelia Court House













County Courthouse Addition – Amelia Court House







Old County Jail – Amelia Court House

Photos taken 2013