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. . . COURTHOUSES . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
Loudoun County Courthouse
Leesburg, Virginia

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Constructed in 1894, the Loudoun County Courthouse is the third to stand on the same site. The bell from the first courthouse, built in 1761, hangs in the belfry today. Posts from the second courthouse, which opened in 1811, can still be seen in the courtyard.

No records exist concerning reasons for replacing the original brick courthouse, but the second courthouse was deemed "an unhealthy place" where "the ceilings are tumbling down and walls are cracked" shortly before its demolition. Richmond architect William West and the Norris Brothers, local contractors, combined to produce a brick building that has admirably stood the test of time. The cost: $11,000.

Felony trials, held quarterly in the 18th and 19th centuries, became a favored form of entertainment, attracting citizens to the courthouse from throughout the county. At such times, the aura of the town became festive. The court also met monthly to take care of more mundane business such as setting tax rates, appraising estates and hearing misdemeanor cases.

The courtyard features war memorials, including a 1908 Confederate statue sculpted by Frederick Sievers. Among the noteworthy citizens honored inside with portraits is James Monroe, who moved to Loudoun County after his presidency and, for lack of a pension, served as a justice of the peace. Upstairs, many of the chairs have been individualized over the years by jurors who whittled the arms while listening as attorneys presented their cases.

Text © 1997 Terry White, Drawing © 1997 Bill Harrah

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