Courthouse Village and Municipal Center Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (June 13, 2018)  —  The National Park Service officially placed  the Virginia Beach Courthouse Village and Municipal Center Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places on June 4, 2018. The nomination was initiated by the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission and was compiled and submitted by Marcus Pollard of Commonwealth Preservation Group.  The National Register designation is honorary.

 The historic district encompasses approximately 110 acres and consists of a traditional courthouse village to the east and a mid-20th century planned municipal complex to the west.  The village portion of the district consists of the historic court buildings and residential and commercial resources on small lots near the road, as well as three older dwellings on large, formerly agricultural lots. The municipal complex features large, mostly Colonial Revival style, office buildings interspersed with large parking lots, mature landscaping, sidewalks and a few gridded streets. There are 35 contributing resources and eight noncontributing resources in the district. These range in date from the late 18th Century Whitehurst-Buffington House to 1970s office buildings.

The center of county and city government has resided in this location for nearly 200 years.  The village of Princess Anne Courthouse grew at the crossroads of Princess Anne and North Landing roads once the county courthouse was constructed there in 1822.  In addition to the courthouse, key buildings include the County Clerk's office (1896), Courthouse Elementary School (1931), the Richard Kellam House and the Bradshaw Motor Co. With the merger of Princess Anne County and the City of Virginia Beach in 1963, the municipal complex was established at the courthouse location.  City Hall (1969) is the focal point of the municipal center buildings.

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is a City Council-appointed body that advises Council on issues related to historic preservation. They seek to preserve, protect and maintain the historic integrity of Virginia Beach and the former Princess Anne County through a program of advocacy and increased public awareness and involvement. The commission generally meets the first Wednesday evening of the month at 2101 Parks Ave., Suite 500. Please visit for additional information about the Historic Preservation Commission.

Historic Princess Anne County Courthouse