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Friday, April 1, 2016

Old Grayson County Courthouse - Oldtown, VA

Old Grayson County Courthouse

According to Wikipedia:
The Old Grayson County Courthouse is a historic county courthouse located near Galax in Grayson County, VA. The Old Grayson County Courthouse was built in 1834, and consists of a two-story central block with flanking two-story wings and a one-story addition on the rear north side which was built in the 1870s and expanded in 1988. In 1850 the county seat moved to its present location in Independence, and the courthouse was subsequently used as a private residence, as a hotel, an apartment house, and a hay barn. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

This "Old Town" is a rather rural place except for a block with a few houses on it. It's just a couple of miles outside of Galax and located on Greenville Rd.

For a thorough description of this building, here is the listing on the NRHP:
www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Counties/Grayson/038-0004_...
The Old Grayson County Courthouse is an unusual antebellum courthouse design because it resembles a residence more than a public building. Constructed by master builder, James Toncray, the premier builder of courthouses of this period in Southwest Virginia.

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