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The History of the Augusta County Courthouse

The History of the Augusta County Courthouse

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The History of the Augusta County Courthouse

  1. 1. The Augusta County Courthouse AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
  2. 2. Augusta County – 1738: Formed Dec. 1745: in operation 21 Justices of the Peace & Sheriff 1746: 12 Vestrymen
  3. 3. Courthouse No. 1 Log: no windows, no heat There by December 1745
  4. 4. Courthouse No. 2 1755-1789 Finished 1755, First Court met there in August It had a chimney and a fire place Original structure retrofitted as a house and used until 1788
  5. 5. Courthouse No. 3 1789-1836 Augusta County just about to its current geographic size 2-story stone house finished in the fall of 1789
  6. 6. Met Second Monday of each month
  7. 7. Staunton 1747 Thomas Lewis laid out town called Staunton 1802 Hustings Court begins: On March 20, 1802, the freeholders and housekeepers of the town met at the county courthouse and organized the town government, elected 12 Common Councilmen. --1st court session held at the county courthouse April 19, 1802 1878 City purchased a building for city hall and the clerk ordered the Hustings Court be moved there --On Aug. 9, 1878, the city sold its interest in the Augusta Courthouse to the County for $3,500; supposed to vacate Jan. 1, 1881. --Protracted negotiations 1881-1885!! --On Nov. 21, 1885 City agreed to pay county $125 per year 1897 Hustings Court moves to City Hall Building, 16 years after supposed to vacate Augusta County Courthouse!
  8. 8. Courthouse No. 4 1836-1900 Brick, started construction in January 1835; in use starting June 1836
  9. 9. Current Courthouse (No. 5) 1901
  10. 10. Metal details Mullins Manufacting Salem, Ohio
  11. 11. 1897
  12. 12. John Brown Baldwin Bust

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