Charles City in Charles City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Three Courthouse Essentials
The original clerk’s office was replaced in 1901 with the building that now houses the visitor information center. It was an example of early fireproof construction designed to protect the county’s important legal records. For many years it was the county’s only office building where even the Board of Supervisors held its meetings.
The tavern was a gathering place for lawyers. Can you find the tavern bill for a former Virginia Governor?
John Major Tavern & Lodging Account, 1794.Courtesy Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Erected by Charles City Courthouse,
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Law Enforcement.
Location. 37° 20.5′ N, 77° 4.338′ W. Marker is in Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker is at the intersection of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 155) and Watermelon Fields Road on Courthouse Road. The marker is on the lawn of the old Charles City Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shifting Ground (a few steps from this marker); America’s 3rd Oldest Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Eye Witness to a Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Isaac Brandon Lynched, 6 April 1892 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles City C. H. (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Hope & Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greenway (approx. 0.6 miles away); North Bend (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charles City.
More about this marker. On the upper left is a "Robert K. Sneeden watercolor of Charles City tavern, 1862. The tavern above was built at the same time as the courthouse, but was lost to fire during the Civil War. Courtesy Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia."
On the lower right is a period photo of "The Charles City jail, photographed June 13, 1864, had a second-story debtor’s room and an exercise yard. Courtesy Library of Congress."
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 837 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.