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Amherst County

Amherst County is named for Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, who was a colonial governor of Virginia.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Rockbridge County and Nelson County

E – Nelson County

S – Appomattox CountyCampbell County and Lynchburg

W – Bedford County


Created:  September 14, 1758               Map of Virginia highlighting Amherst County

County Seat: 

Cablesville  1758 – 1807

Amherst      1807 – present


Old County Courthouse – Amherst


Location:  110 Goodwin Street / East Court Street

Built:  1872

Style:  Colonial

Architect:  Kilpatrick & Smith

Contractor:  Kilpatrick & Smith


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Amherst on the west side of the courhouse. The west front project from the main building and has a pediment at the roof. There are one story north and south wings. The windows have shutters. On the center of the roof is a white colored cupola. The roof is hipped. The building was remodeled in 1933. An addition was constructed on the east side in 1962. The architect was Clarence H Hinnant. The building is attached to the modern courthouse on the east side.


County Courthouse – Amherst



Location:  113 Taylor Street / 2nd Street

Built:  1996 – 1997

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hancock-Fuqua-Robertson Inc. of Lynchburg

Contractor:  Sandy Pearce of Amherst


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Amherst. The east front has a large portico in the center supported by four large white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. Behind the columns is a glass wall. The north and south wings project from the main building. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County General District Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the 24th Judicial Circuit. The old courthouse is attached on the west side. A further addition was constructed in 1977.


Note:  The railing from the original courthouse was removed and installed on the second floor of the new courthouse. It has a prominent place in front of the large window. As you look out the window notice in the left section of the railing. It has a number of notches, which are believed to represent the number of hangings. There are eight notches.


See:  The 24th Judicial Circuit includes Bedford CountyCampbell County, 

Lynchburg and Nelson County.


History:  The county was created in 1758 and Cablesville (Colleen) was selected as the county seat in 1761 when the county was organized. The first county seat, is now in Nelson County and the first court met at Henry Key’s Ordinary which became the first courthouse and was erected in 1761. The building continued as the courthouse for Nelson County and burned in 1917. The county seat was moved to Amherst (Five Oaks) in 1807 and the first courthouse was a timber frame structure erected in 1808 to 1809. The second courthouse was built in 1870 to 1872 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1996 to 1997.



Old County Courthouse – Amherst















County Courthouse – Amherst







Photos taken 2013