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Hanover County

Hanover County is named for the electorate of Hanover in Germany, from which the current line of British monarchs hailed, and King George I of Great Britain held the title Elector of Hanover.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Spotsylvania CountyCaroline County and King William County

E – New Kent County

S – Henrico County and Goochland County

W – Louisa County

 

Created:  November 2, 1720                  Map of Virginia highlighting Hanover County

County Seat: 

Hanover  1720 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Hanover

 

Location:  13182 Hanover Courthouse Road / Library Drive

Built:  1735 – 1736

Style:  Colonial

Architect:  John E Malory

Contractor:  William Meriwether and John E Malory

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a one story red colored brick structure. The building is “T” shaped with a wing which extends northeast. The southwest front has five arched openings onto an arcade with arched opening at either end. The walls are brick laid in Flemish bond with glazed headers. There are three interior end chimneys. The roof is hipped and has a modillioned cornice surrounding the entire building.

 

Note:  During the period of construction slave labor would have been used under the direction of a white supervisor. The design resembles the 18th century style widely used in Virginia.

 

Note:  The courthouse is the third oldest courthouse still in use in the United States. The oldest courthouse is located in King William County, Virginia (1725). The second oldest courthouses is in Salem County, New Jersey (1735). The fourth oldest is in Charles City County, Virginia (1740). The fifth oldest is in Richmond County, Virginia (1748).

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Hanover County Courthouse

 

County Courthouse – Hanover

 

 

Location:  7505 Library Drive / Hanover Courthouse Road

Built:  1974 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  LBC & W Associates

Contractor:  Leadbetter Buildings, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a one story red-orange colored brick and concrete structure. The northwest front has a recessed central entrance with white colored doors. The roof has five dormers and a pitched roof. The building houses the Circuit Court and is similar to the District Court which is on the northeast side.

 

County District Court – Hanover

 

 

Location:  7515 Library Drive / Hanover Courthouse Road

Built:  1974 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  LBC & W Associates

Contractor:  Leadbetter Buildings, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a one story red-orange colored brick and concrete structure. The northwest front has a recessed central entrance with white colored doors. The roof has five dormers and a pitched roof. The building houses the District Court and is similar to the Circuit Court which is on the southwest side.

 

See:  The 15th Judicial Circuit includes Caroline CountyEssex County, Fredericksburg, King George CountyLancaster CountyNorthumberland County, Richmond County, Spotsylvania CountyStafford County and Westmoreland County

 

County Government Complex – Hanover

 

 

Location:  13182 Hanover Courthouse Road / Library Drive

Built:  1998 – 2000

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Moseley Architects, Inc.

Contractor:  Gulf Seaboard General Contractors Inc. of Ashland

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick, wood and concrete structure. The southwest front has seven arches on the first story and glass windows on the second story. The north and south wings project from the main building. The roof is hipped with three dormers on each wing.

 

County Justice Center – Hanover

 

Location:  Country Club  RoadHanover Courthouse Road 

Built:  2015 – 2017

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Moseley Architects, Inc.

Contractor:  Gulf Seaboard General Contractors Inc. of Ashland

 

Description:  The building is presently under construction at a cost of $44,000,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2013