Picture of the day - June 26, 2005
Old Russell County Courthouse
In the early days of Virginia, Washington County was much larger than it is
today - it covered most of the western part of the state in fact. But in later years
the county was
split up into several smaller counties, including Russell County.
In 1799, a new courthouse was built near Dickensonville to serve the people of
Russell County. As you can see in today's picture, that Old Russell County
Courthouse building still stands today, and it's one of the oldest
existing buildings in southwestern Virginia.
In 1818, the county seat was moved to Lebanon, Va where a new courthouse was
subsequently built. The county then sold off the old court house building. Today, along with
the Dickenson Bundy log cabin that is adjacent to it, the Old Russell County Courthouse is a
popular tourist attraction and a favorite of Virginia History buffs. It is now
on the National Register of Historic Places and an official Virginia
If you would like to visit this historic building, you'll find it on Route 58
just west of Dickensonville.
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