Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday Thirteen

Around the Courthouse

I can't travel far or fast these days, but I did manage a little stroll around the area of the county courthouse recently. Here is what I saw.

The Douglas Building sits across from the county courthouse. It has served as a motel, tavern, law office, and
who knows what else. Someone told me it was haunted.

A sign commemorating the fire that gutted the 1848 courthouse. Note that this fire impacted the entire state: because of it, the Virginia General Assembly passed an act requiring permanent storage of vital records in the Library of Richmond.

This beautiful old car was in the parking lot. The man who eventually drove it off told me it was a 1964 vehicle that he
bought himself the year he'd graduated high school.

The county courthouse. I don't know when someone painted the letters gold. They used to be black.

The Civil War monument with the former "old post office" building in the background. The building currently houses
the voter registrar's office.

The remains of the old Hayth Hotel, now private housing.

Cattycorner to the courthouse sits this vacant building. It once was the Fincastle Drug Store - a title it held for
nearly 100 years, I think. I wish someone could find a use for it.

This marker marks the fact that the Lewis and Clark expedition sort of began in Fincastle.

This marker, which is on a big rock on the courthouse grounds, is dedicated to those who served in WWII.

The old Fincastle jail. It once was the Fincastle Library. Now it is the Chamber of Commerce office.

These two buildings once were part of a hotel complex. Now they serve as offices for the Virginia
Cooperate Extension Agency and county services.

The county seal sits high on the courthouse.

I've always loved the wrought iron fence around the courthouse. Isn't it grand?

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 556th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. Or so sayth the Blogger counter, anyway.


  1. Most often it’s the little things and the things you walk right past every day, that are the best things in life.

  2. Thanks for the tour. I like history and always enjoy your little history lessons.

  3. I'm sorry to hear about your health issues, but I'm glad you're still able to visit interesting places. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love the old buildings and a few of them really do look OLD!


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