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Bland County

Bland County is named for Richard Bland, who was a leader of Colonial Virginia whose arguments laid the foundation for freedom and independence from England.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Tazewell County and Mercer County, West Virginia

E – Giles County and Pulaski County

S – Wythe County

W – Smyth County and Tazewell County

 

Created:  March 30, 1861                       Map of Virginia highlighting Bland County

County Seat: 

Bland  1861 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bland 

 

Location:  612 Main Street / Fairground Street

Built:  1888 – 1889

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  John I Corder

Contractor:  John I Corder

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bland. The northeast front has a large portico with four tall white colored columns rising to a wide header at the roof line. The entrance is framed with white colored wood with a small balcony on the second story. The first story windows have small pediments above. On the roof is an octagonal white colored wood cupola with flat roof. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County General District Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the 27th Judicial Circuit. In 1929, the front portico was added. Additions were constructed in 1949 and 2003 along the southwest side. The architect was Thompson & Litton.

 

See:  The 27th Judicial Circuit includes Carroll County, Floyd County, GalaxGiles CountyGrayson County, Montgomery County, Pulaski CountyRadford and Wythe County.

  

History:  The county was created in 1861 and Bland was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built by Locke and Thomas in Bland in 1871 to 1874. The courthouse burned in 1888. The second and present courthouse was built in 1888 to 1889.

 

 

County Courthouse – Bland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2013