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Visit King William County and the King William County Historic Courthouse

PHOTO SOURCE: King William County Historical Society

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).


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