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Albemarle County Courthouse

The courthouse was first established in 1762, on land donated by Dr. Thomas Walker. The grounds of the courthouse once held a whipping post, pillory and stocks, as was typical of the time. In addition to serving as the courthouse and sole place to vote in Albemarle County, religious services for Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist worshippers were held in this space, which Jefferson called "The Common Temple.” Jefferson, Madison and Monroe were frequent visitors here, especially after Jefferson retired in 1809.  In 1859 a front addition was constructed in the Gothic Revival style, with octagonal stair towers flanking the entrance.


The courthouse is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Closed for state and federal holidays. Court Square buildings are visible from the street at all times.

The Courthouse and other sites can be explored in more detail on Saturday morning walking tours offered by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Call the Historical Society at (434) 296-1492 for more information.

501 E. Jefferson St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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Local Tourism Resources:

  • Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitors Center
    610 E. Main St.
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
    434-293-6789 or 877-386-1103
    Hours: Daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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