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New Kent in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

New Kent Courthouse

 
 
New Kent Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), February 26, 2021
1. New Kent Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  New Kent County, established in 1654, built a brick courthouse here by 1695. Fires in 1753 and 1775 destroyed the building and its successor. A later courthouse, damaged during the Civil War, was replaced in 1909. In 1736 county court justice George Webb published The Office and Authority of a Justice of Peace, an influential law manual. During the Revolutionary War, Lt. Gen. Charles Cornwallis's British forces passed through here in June 1781, followed by American troops under the Marquis de Lafayette, and an american military hospital was established here. Confederate and Union troops passed through during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862.
 
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WO-16.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicGovernment & PoliticsWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1781.
 
Location. 37° 31.067′ N,
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76° 58.697′ W. Marker is in New Kent, Virginia, in New Kent County. Marker is on New Kent Highway (Route 249) 0.1 miles west of Courthouse Circle, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12003 New Kent Hwy, New Kent VA 23124, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Lafayette (here, next to this marker); Confederate Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Samuel Wilson Crump (1919-1995) (a few steps from this marker); Martha Washington's Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); John Parke Custis / Martha Dandridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to New Kent (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tale of Three Structures (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wilson House: Witness to Three Centuries (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Kent.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
 
New Kent Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), February 26, 2021
2. New Kent Courthouse Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Feb. 26, 2024