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Powhatan County

Powhatan is named for the Powhatan Native American tribe.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Goochland County

E – Chesterfield County

S – Amelia County

W – Cumberland County


Created:  May 5, 1777                            Map of Virginia highlighting Powhatan County

County Seat: 

Powhatan  1777 – present


County Courthouse – Powhatan  


Location:  3880 Old Buckingham Road / Scottsville Road

Built:  1848 – 1849

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Alexander Jackson Davis

Contractor:  K Lewis Johnson


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story cream colored stucco structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Powhatan. The original building is rectangular with the west front having a recessed porch with two columns and pediment at the roof line. On the east side is the new one story addition. With large glass windows. The roof is hipped. In the interior, There are flat coffered ceilings. The courtroom has a wooden judge’s bench set in a large alcove and with a gallery at the rear with enclosed stairs. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County General District Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit. The building was remodeled in 1992. The architect was Browne, Eickman, Dalgleish, Gilpin & Paxton. On the east side is the old two story red colored brick County Jail and on the southwest side are the one story County Clerk’s offices.


See:  The 11th Judicial Circuit includes Amelia County, Dinwiddie CountyNottoway County and Petersburg.


History:  The county was created in 1777 and Powhatan was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse in 1777 was the Mosby Tavern built in 1740. The tavern served as the courthouse until the second courthouse was built by John Cox in Scottsville ( Powhatan ) in 1783 to 1786. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1848 to 1849.



County Courthouse – Powhatan























Old County Jail – Powhatan





County Clerk’s Offices – Powhatan









Photos taken 2013