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Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County is named for the Shenandoah River which flows through the county, and the name is derived from the Indian word meaning “daughter of the skies”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Frederick County

E – Warren County and Page County

S – Rockingham County

W – Hardy County, West Virginia

 

Created:  March 24, 1772                       Map of Virginia highlighting Shenandoah County

County Seat: 

Woodstock  1772 – present

 

County Courthouse – Woodstock 

 

Location:  112 South Main Street / West Court Street

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Modern Greek Revival

Architect:  Hinnant, Addison and Hinnant of Lexington

Contractor:  Central Valley Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the Woodstock. The southeast front has a wide porch with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. There is a northeast wing extending from the west side of the building. On the roof of the building is an octagonal cupola with steep sided dome. The roof is hipped. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 26th Judicial District. 

 

See:  The architect, Hinnant, Adison & Hinnant of Lexington, designed courthouses in Botecourt County, Buena Vista and Grayson County..

 

County District Courts Building – Woodstock 

 

 

Location:  215 Mill Road / Main Street

Built:  2007 – 2009

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Moseley Associates of Richmond

Contractor:  Nielsen Builders, Inc. of Harrisburg

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Woodstock to the north of the courthouse. The west front has a projecting center section with concrete pillars and glass paneled walls. The entrances are on either side. The main building is red colored brick with a concrete pillar supporting an extending roof on either side of the building. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County General District Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the 26th Judicial District. 

 

Old County Courthouse – Woodstock 

 

 

Location:  106 North Main Street / East Court Street

Built:  1795 – 1796

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Thomas Jefferson

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Woodstock. The southeast front has a large portico supported by four large Truscan columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. On the roof is a high octagonal cupola with spite shaped dome at the top. In the interior, the courtroom rises two stories in the center of the first story and has a massive turned ceiling supports.  Additions were added in 1820, 1840 and 1885 when a rear addition was built. The portico was constructed in 1927. The architect for the addition in 1929 was T F Schneider6. The building was renovated in 2013. The architect was RRMM Architects and the contractor was Caldwell Santmyer.

 

Note: David Hoshour made the bricks for the courthouse and his son John Hoshour constructed the rear addition to house the clerk’s office in 1880. The original building was probably constructed using slave labor.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Old Shenandoah County Courthouse

 

See:  The 26th Judicial Circuit includes Clarke CountyFrederick County, Harrisonburg, Page County, Rockingham County and Winchester.

 

History:  The county was created in 1772 and Woodstock was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a wood structure built in 1772. The second courthouse was built in 1795 to 1796 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1975 to 1977. The District Court Courthouse was constructed in 2007 to 2009.

 

County Administration Building – Woodstock 

 

 

Location:  600 North Main Street / Mill Road

Built:  1933 – 1934

Style:  School

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Woodstock to the north of the courthouse. The west front has a high portico supported by four pillars rising to a pediment. There is stone work above the windows.  The roof line is flat. The building served as the Woodstock High School and other school uses until 1994. In 1999, the building was renovated and a new section constructed on the east side. The building is named as the County Government Center. The architect was Miller Cupp Associates of Harrisburg and the contractor was Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc of Winchester.

 

 

County Courthouse – Woodstock  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Courts Building – Woodstock  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Woodstock  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Woodstock  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2012 and 2013