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Scott County

Scott County is named for Winfred Scott, who was a native of Virginia and was known for his victories during the War of 1812.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wise County

E – Russell County and Washington County

S – Sullivan County, Tennessee, Hawkins County, Tennessee and Hancock County, Tennessee

W – Lee County and Wise County


Created:  November 24, 1814                Map of Virginia highlighting Scott County

County Seat: 

Gate City  1814 – present


County Courthouse – Gate City 


Location:  202 West Jackson Street / Manville Road

Built:  1828 – 1829

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  James Toncray

Contractor:  James Toncray


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Gate City. The southeast front has a large portico with four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The recessed entrance has a small pediment above. On the center of the roof is an octagonal white colored cupola with black colored dome. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County General District Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the 30th Judicial District. The architect and contractor was James Toncray. An addition was constructed in 1890. In 1929 the portico was added by Pyle Brothers. The north and south wings were constructed in 1968. The wings have a flat roof lines.


Note:   The courthouse is the oldest courthouse in southwestern Virginia.


See:  The 30th Judicial Circuit includes Lee CountyNorton and Wise County.


History:  The county was created in 1814 and Gate City was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the home of Benjamin T Hollins in 1815. The first courthouse was built in 1817. The second and present courthouse was built in 1828 to 1829.



County Courthouse – Gate City

















Photos taken 2013