The Halifax County Courthouse occupies a special place in Virginia history. This architectural treasure is listed on both the VA Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. The Courthouse was designed by Dabney Cosby, an acolyte of Thomas Jefferson who helped construct the University of Virginia. As such, the building contains many of the iconic neo-classical design elements associated with our third President.
Originally constructed in 1838 (with expansions in 1904 and 1960), the Courthouse is showing the wear and deterioration that you would expect from 180 years of continuous use as a judicial center. Today, the Courthouse serves a myriad of vital local government functions and houses the Circuit Court and Clerk, the General District Court and Clerk, the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court and Clerk and the Sheriff's Department.
In order to address critical repairs and many years of deferred maintenance, Halifax approached VRA about funding for a Courthouse restoration project. The most pressing concerns include problems related to storm water management and mortar repair. Beyond those repairs, loan funds also will be used to make the building more accessible and to increase security. The County borrowed $14.455 million from the Virginia Pooled Financing Program for the project. The loan has a 20-year term and includes a lease revenue pledge.
This project has meaning for residents in Halifax and across the Commonwealth, as the County seeks to restore the Courthouse to its former glory and create a place that the community can continue to use for many more generations to come.