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King William County

King William County is named for King William III of Great Britain.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Caroline County and King and Queen County

E – New Kent County

S – New Kent County and Hanover County

W – Caroline County


Created:  December 1, 1700                  Map of Virginia highlighting King William County

County Seat: 

King William  1702 – present


County Courthouse – King William 


Location:  227 Courthouse Lane / Horse Landing Road

Built:  1725 – 1726

Style:  Georgian

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a one story red colored brick laid in Flemish bond and wood structure. The building is “T” shaped. The south front has five arches along the arcade. The recessed entrance is framed with white colored wood and with a small pediment above. The building has a steep hipped. In 1840, the building was enlarged with a unique stile and brick wall to enclose the court green.


Note:  The courthouse is the oldest courthouse still in use in the United States. The second oldest courthouses is located in Salem County, New Jersey (1735). The third oldest is in Hanover County, Virginia (1737). The fourth oldest is in Charles City County, Virginia (1740). The fifth oldest is in Richmond County, Virginia (1748).


See:  The 9th Judicial Circuit includes Charles City County, Gloucester County, James City CountyKing and Queen CountyMathews County, Middlesex County, New Kent CountyPoquoson, Williamsburg and York County.


County Administration Building – King William 



Location:  180 Horse Landing Road / Courthouse Lane

Built:  1977 – 1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  H C Johnson, Jr.

Contractor:  Hammond Brothers.


Description:  The building faces south and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The south front has a small canopy at the central entrance. Red colored brick is broken by concrete framed windows. The roof line is flat.



County Courthouse – King William



















Photos taken 2013