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Richmond County

Richmond County is named for Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, who was the illegitimate son of King Charles II of Great Britain.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Westmoreland County

E – Westmoreland County and Northumberland County

S – Lancaster County and Middlesex County

W – Essex County

 

Created:  April 16, 1692                          Map of Virginia highlighting Richmond County

County Seat: 

Warsaw  1692 – present

 

County Courthouse – Warsaw

 

Location:  101 Court Circle / Campus Drive

Built:  2006 – 2007

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wiley & Wilson

Contractor:  Haley Builders

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. On the second story of the west front has a porch with three arches and recessed entrance. Above the porch is a gabled roof. The building descends a slop with the rear entrance on the first story. The windows are circular. 

 

See:  The architect, Wiley and Wilson of Lynchburg, also designed courthouses in Charles City County, Gloucester County, Lancaster County, Lunenburg County and Middlesex County.

 

Old County Courthouse – Warsaw

 

 

Location:  SE – Richmond Road / Main Street

Built:  1748 – 1748

Style:  Colonial

Architect:  Landon Carter.

Contractor:  Landon Carter.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a one story red colored brick and wood structure. The north front has a projecting central section with entrance. The windows are arched. The roof is hipped. The building was remodeled in 1877.The architect was T Buckler Ghequiere

 

Note:  The courthouse is the fifth oldest courthouse still in use in the United States. The oldest courthouse is located in King William County, Virginia. 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).

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1692. The previous courthouse was built in 1730.

 

General District Courthouse – Warsaw

 

 

Location:  201 Court Circle / Campus Drive

Built:  1975 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unlnown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The long rectangular building is located on the south side of the old courthouse. The north front has a recessed central entrance on the second story and the roof slants to the east and west sides. There are windows along the east side. The building houses the General District Court and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

 

See:  The 15th Judicial Circuit includes Caroline CountyEssex County, Fredericksburg, Hanover CountyKing George CountyLancaster CountyNorthumberland County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County and Westmoreland County

 

History:  The county was created in 1692 and Lansdown ( Sabine Hill ) was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a one story frame structure erected in 1692. In 1730, the county seat was moved to Richmond Court House and the second courthouse was constructed in 1748 to 1750 and is still standing. The county seat name was changed to Warsaw in 1846. The County Annex was constructed in 1975 to 1976. The third courthouse was constructed in 2006 to 2007.

 

 

County Courthouse – Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Court Building – Warsaw

 

 

Photos taken 2013