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

Old Isle of Wight Courthouse

 
 
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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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Colonial Era. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1752.
 
Location. 36° 58.91′ N, 76° 37.922′ W. Marker is in Smithfield, Virginia, in Isle of Wight County.
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By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
2. Old Isle of Wight Courthouse on Main St
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Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 258) and North Mason Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Smithfield VA 23430, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bricks in the Crosswalk (within shouting distance of this marker); Atkinson Storehouse (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Isle of Wight County War Memorial (about 600 feet away); The Todd House & the First Smithfield Ham (about 700 feet away); Founding Site of Smithfield Packing Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joseph W. Luter, III (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Isle of Wight Courthouse. Preservation Virginia (Submitted on September 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

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

3. Old Isle of Wight Courthouse (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on September 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,473 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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