County Courthouse Christmas Ornament
Proceeds to Benefit
the TGS Library
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Warwick River Shire was one of the eight original shires (or counties) in the
Virginia Colony in 1634, named for Sir Robert Rich, second Earl of
Warwick. The Shire, between the James and York Rivers, occupied land long
inhabited by the Kecoughtan Indians. New Settlers were granted large land
patents from the crown. In 1643 Warwick County was newly defined, and the
1680 towns were created within the county.
Warwick County affairs were conducted at the home of Commissioner Miles Cary, II
at Richneck Plantation. but in 1691, a county complex called "Warwick
Towne" was created in Denbigh Plantation. After the Revolutionary
War, a new county seat was created near Stoney Run, and a one-story courthouse
was built there in 1810. The county population outgrew this tiny
courthouse, and a new two-story brick building with a cupola was erected at
Courthouse Square in 1884 and used until July 1, 1958, when Warwick County and
the City of Newport News merged.
Through the tireless efforts of community leaders, the Newport News Historic
Preservation Association, the Tidewater Genealogical Society, and the financial
assistance of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Newport News, the
1884 Courthouse is reaching final stages of restoration. Funds raised by
the sale of these ornaments will be used for these efforts.