Northampton Historic Preservation Society

Enriching lives through the preservation of historical sites and culture.

Pear Valley and  Court Green Historic  District Exhibit

Pear Valley

Pear Valley represents a rare survival of what was once a common building type in rural Virginia. This yeoman planter's cottage has been dated by dendrochronology to 1740. In 1994, with the generous support of the Summerfield Baldwin Foundation, APVA Preservation Virginia commissioned an Historic Structures Report to assess the known history and the existing condition of the structure. The Report also laid out immediate conservation needs and a long-term preservation plan for the structure. Over the next decade, APVA-Preservation Virginia has addressed most of those needs. 

In the spring and summer of 2004 the entire roof was replaced. A metal roof was placed on the building by APVA in the 1960's as a stopgap measure to keep rain and other parts of the environment out of the building. While this measure achieved the preservation goal, it was unmistakably modern in design and functional in approach. APVA Preservation Virginia's restoration team carefully removed that covering and replaced it with oak shingles as called for in the Historic Structures report. The shingles were split from white oak from Germany.  Find more information here from the National Landmark Nomination: National Landmark

Pear Valley Placed on the National Historic Register

Northampton County's Pear Valley has been placed on the National Historic Register. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archaeological resources.

Click on the this link to read an article about Pear Valley's placement on the National Historic Register. Link

Fall 2013 Lecture on the Lawn At Pear Valley A Great Success!

Preservation Virginia's Louis Malon


Pear Valley Deeded to NHPS

 Louis Malon, representing Preservation Virginia, has turned the keys to Pear Valley over to Nan Bennett, President of the Northampton Historic Preservation Society, and the NHPS Board of Directors. The deed to Pear Valley officially passed to the NHPS on November 13, 2014.  This places a jewel of Northampton and Virginia preservation efforts into the hands of the newly independent Northampton County historic preservation nonprofit organization. NHPS, formerly the Northampton Branch of Preservation Virginia, has managed Pear Valley since the PVA acquired it in 1986. The Northampton preservation group began its mission in 1913 by saving the 1731 Courthouse on the Eastville Court Green.

In March 2014, Pear Valley was designated a National Historic Landmark by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken
Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. Pear Valley is one of 123 National Historic Landmarks in Virginia and 2,540 nationwide. It was included in the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register in 1969. This yeoman planter's cottage survives as an example of what was a common building type in rural Virginia in the 1740's.


Pear Valley Featured in A & N Electric Cooperative Living!!!!!!



Northampton County Court Green in Eastville, Virginia

Three hundred years reflecting the continuity of government can be found in Eastville, Virginia on the Northampton County Court Green.  It includes the 1731 Courthouse, one of only a handful of colonial courthouses that survive in Virginia; the brick Clerk?s Office dating to the late 18th century , a rare example of an early clerk?s office with a flagstone floor and vaulted masonry ceiling; and a Debtor?s Prison (ca. 1815) that has been called the state?s best remaining example of its type and is essentially unchanged. The Debtor's Prison is a brick building with a heavy door, double-barred windows, and hand-wrought spiked nails. Go to the Resources Tab above to find more information on the Eastville Court Green.


Court Green Historic District Exhibit in 1899 Courthouse Hours*

Open Year Round

Monday ?Friday, except holidays

9 a.m. ? 5 p.m.

Admission: FREE

(public bathrooms available)

*Three Historic Buildings are open to visitors from April until October

 See full description at bottom of HOME page

Address and Directions:

16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia

Turn west on Business Route 13 or Route 631


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