The Accomack County Courthouse on VA’s Eastern Shore Has Valuable Research Records

virginia 170aThe Eastern Shore of Virginia has many helpful research repositories for studying the past and one of the especially valuable places is the Accomack County Courthouse.  It is about halfway down the Peninsula, between the state line and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, in the Town of Accomac.  (The county uses a K while the town does not.)

There on the public square, in the heart of this rural community, are two attractive Romanesque Revival structures.  Built in 1887, the pressed brick office of the Clerk of the Court is especially attractive with decorative brickwork, arches, and stained-glass fanlights.  The records department contains many seldom examined documents that were filed with the court long ago.  These include Lunacy Cases, Records of Family Burying Grounds, Freedmen’s documentation, Confederate Pensions, and much more  The adjoining courthouse went up a decade later in 1899.

Over the decades I have stopped there a few times to use the public records for a range of historical and genealogical investigations.  Many of these records have not been digitized, and are helpful when working on a challenging case.

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The Accomack County Courthouse has valuable historical and genealogical records.

The Accomack County Courthouse has valuable historical and genealogical records.

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