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Smithfield in Isle of Wight County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old Isle of Wight Courthouse

 
 
Old Isle of Wight Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
1. Old Isle of Wight Courthouse Marker
Inscription. Smithfield served as the county seat from 1752 to 1801. The Old Isle of Wight Courthouse was built in 1752. Constructed by William Rand, it is one of Virginia's few surviving colonial structures and is notable for having a semicircular apse with a conical roof, reflective of the Colonial Capitol in Williamsburg. Converted into a residence in 1812, the courthouse was acquired by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities in 1938 and restored to its original appearance. A nearby house was converted into a tavern for the courthouse village by Rand around 1756; it was modified and enlarged over the years and is now known as the Smithfield Inn.
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 316.)
 
Location. 36° 58.91′ N, 76° 37.922′ W. Marker is in Smithfield, Virginia, in Isle of Wight County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 258) and North Mason Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Smithfield VA 23430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Law & Politics in 18th Century Isle of Wight (a few steps from this marker); Ivy Hill Cemetery
Old Isle of Wight Courthouse on Main St image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
2. Old Isle of Wight Courthouse on Main St
(within shouting distance of this marker); Isle of Wight County War Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph W. Luter, III (approx. 0.4 miles away); Smithfield (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Smithfield (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Smithfield (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); Liquid Maze (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Smithfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Isle of Wight Courthouse. Preservation Virginia (Submitted on September 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The Old Courthouse of 1750. Preserve America Community: Smithfield, Virginia (Submitted on September 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Old Isle of Wight Courthouse (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on September 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
Old Isle of Wight Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
3. Old Isle of Wight Courthouse
Old Isle of Wight Courthouse Interior image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
4. Old Isle of Wight Courthouse Interior
Old Isle of Wight Courthouse image. Click for full size.
National Register of Historic Places
5. Old Isle of Wight Courthouse
APVA Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
6. APVA Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,103 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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