Three Courthouse Essentials

Three Courthouse Essentials (HMBMH)

Location: Charles City, VA 23030 Charles City County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 20.5', W 77° 4.338'

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A clerk's office, jail and tavern were located at every courthouse. The purpose of the clerk's office and the jail are obvious, but can you guess why the tavern was just as essential? In the colonial era courts met infrequently, and lawyers and litigants often traveled song distances to attend. Without a tavern those attending court would have had no place to dine or lodge during the days of the court session.

The original clerk's office was replaced in 1901 with the building that now houses the visitor information center. It was an example of early fireproof construction designed to protect the county's important legal records. For many years it was the county's only office building where even the Board of Supervisors held its meetings.

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The tavern was a gathering place for lawyers. Can you find the tavern bill for a former Virginia Governor?
John Major Tavern & Lodging Account, 1794.Courtesy Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
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Placed ByCharles City Courthouse, Waste Management
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 10:13pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 316432 N 4134789
Decimal Degrees37.34166667, -77.07230000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 20.5', W 77° 4.338'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 20' 30.00" N, 77° 4' 20.28" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10710 Courthouse Rd, Charles City VA 23030, US
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