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The cornerstone of the 1917 Courthouse was laid in October 21, 1917.  At the time, about 100 drafted men were encamped on the courthouse lawn waiting to be shipped to training encampments.  The building, which stands on the site of the original 1749 Courthouse, housed the county's Circuit Court until a new courthouse complex was built in the late 1960s. It is built of American bond brick, on a "T" plan in the Colonial Revival style, with a colossal Roman Doric portico and domed octagonal belfry. The bell is from the 1749 Courthouse. The two-story courtroom contains the original paneled judge's bench and jury seats. The walls are adorned with paintings of the former judges, sheriff's and Clerks of the County who served in the courthouse.

This historic courthouse is still being used by the Chesterfield County civil courts and on special occasions may be available for tours through the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Department or Parks and Recreation.  The front entrance is often the scene for important occasions such as the annual November 11th Veterans Day event. This courthouse will soon see its 100th Anniversary in October 2017.   


Additional information and photographs of the 1917 Courthouse can be found in the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Library at the Historic Trinity Church located at 10101 Iron Bridge Rd, Chesterfield. The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia manages several historic sites. 


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 Photograph by George Cranford, courtesy of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia. 

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The renovation of the historic courthouse was started in 2013. The upper floors still need to be renovated. Presently, the interior is not open to the public but on occassion a special event or tour may be arranged through the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Department.  (Visit the Chesterfield County Sherriff site).  Our historic courtroom is adorned with paintings of the judges, Clerks of Court and Sheriffs who have served Chesterfield County.


Thank You VeteransThe pictureque front of the old courthouse serves to promote events important to Chesterfield history.  The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia holds one of the most anticipated occurances of the year, the annual Veteran's Day event on November 11th of each year.  At this free event we honor all veterans of all the wars our Country has been involved.  You don't have to be a veteran to celebrate Veterans Day.  Come join us to honor those who have served us and thank a veteran for our freedoms.

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The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Headquarters and research library has moved into the old historic Trinity Church .  See the news media information.  Please contact us:  (804)796-7121.  Hours of Operation:  Monday-Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.


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