Take a quick tour of the Northampton County Historic Court Green in Eastville with us! The Northampton Historic Preservation Society provides an overview of the historic buildings dating back to the 1731 Courthouse on this tour. In 1913, the organization’s founder saved three 18th and 19th century buildings on the Court Green from destruction, a 1731 Courthouse, a ca. 1800 Clerk’s Office, and a ca. 1814 Debtors’ Prison. In 2011, the 1899 Courthouse was restored and is now being used as a County Administration Office. It features a NHPS Exhibit Room and hallway display at the front of the building. These historical buildings make the Northampton County Historic Court Green one of the most intact in Virginia and the country. The Northampton County Court Green in Eastville is on both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, Northampton County is known for its unique records—the nation's oldest continuous court records. References to jails can be found in Northampton’s records beginning in 1632 and to the present day; no other Virginia county can make such a claim.
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.
Northampton County Court Green is one of the earliest and most complete
in Virginia and listed as a Historic District on both the Virginia
Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
in the display room have items pertaining to three buildings, the 1731
Courthouse, the Old Clerk's Office dating to the late 1700's, and
Debtor's Prison, ca. 1815. An original walnut raised-panel book press
and a scale model of the 1731 design of the Courthouse is also included. Exhibits
also continue down the adjoining hall from the historic display room
and feature early Northampton County photographs along the walls
and five exhibit cases featuring items from the NHPS collection.
Court Green Historic District Exhibit in 1899 Courthouse Hours*
Open Year Round
Monday to Friday, except holidays
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(public bathrooms available)
*Three Historic Buildings are open to visitors from April until October from Monday to Friday
16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia
Turn west on Business Route 13 or Route 631
Directions to Eastville
From the North: From the Maryland state line, Eastville is about 50 miles south on US Highway 13. Turn right on Business Route 13 (Courthouse Road) or Route 631 (Willow Oak Road).
From the South: From
the end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Eastville is about 15
miles north on US Highway 13 (Courthouse Road). Turn left on Business
Route 13 or Willow Oak Road (Route 631).
Watch the dedication at this link of the Historic Exhibit: Dedication
Northampton Historic Preservation Society
P.O. Box 501
Eastville, VA 23347