Augusta County Courthouse to receive historical marker in ceremony in July

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STAUNTON – Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk R. Steven Landes today announced that the Virginia Historical Highway Marker will be inaugurated and publicly unveiled on Wednesday, July 28 at 5 p.m. at the county courthouse.

The historic Augusta County Courthouse marker has been in the works for months, and speakers at the ceremony will include Chief Justice W. Chapman Goodwin, 25th Circuit, and GL “Butch” Wells, vice chairman of the board. surveillance of Augusta County, according to the press release.

The marker was approved on March 18 by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources with a batch of 16 new markers that have been approved by the board. According to an earlier press release, the Augusta County Historical Society would sponsor the marker.

The historical significance of the courthouse, including the circuit court clerk’s office, contributed to the establishment of the terminal.

“The purpose of the Department of Historic Resources in erecting beacons is to educate the public about the history of Virginia, not to honor, commemorate or commemorate people, events or places. Since road beacons are not honorary in nature, they do not serve the same purpose. as monuments, statues, commemorative plaques or war memorials, ”the press release said.

The courthouse was completed in 1901 and was recognized by the Department of Historic Resources for its remarkable architecture and construction by architect TJ Collins.

According to the press release, the text on the historical marker will read:

“Augusta County, established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1738, was formally organized in 1745. Its original western boundary extended” to the extreme limits of Virginia, “a claim which s’ then extended to the Pacific Ocean. The county court first met in a log courthouse that William Beverley built on his property here. John Madison was the county’s first clerk from 1745 to 1778. Eminent regional architect TJ Collins designed the present courthouse, the fifth on this site, in the Beaux-Arts and Neoclassical styles. The building, completed in 1901, was listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

There are currently over 2,500 markers located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, according to the Landes press release. The program is one of the oldest in the country and started in 1927.

For more information, residents can visit the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk website.

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– Alison Cutler (she / she) is the government watchdog reporter at The News Leader. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Contact Alison at acutler@newsleader.com and follow her on Twitter at @ alisonjc2.

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