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Charlotte Court House, Virginia
Central Charlotte Court House
Central Charlotte Court House
Location of Charlotte Court House, Virginia
Location of Charlotte Court House, Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Charlotte
 • Total 3.96 sq mi (10.26 km2)
 • Land 3.96 sq mi (10.26 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
620 ft (189 m)
 • Total 543
 • Estimate 
 • Density 129.20/sq mi (49.89/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code 434
FIPS code 51-14952
GNIS feature ID 1498462

Charlotte Court House is a town in and the county seat of Charlotte County, Virginia, United States. The population was 543 at the 2010 census.


The town is located near the center of Charlotte County. Virginia State Route 40 passes through the town center, leading west 19 miles (31 km) to Brookneal and east 9 miles (14 km) to Keysville. Virginia State Route 47 crosses Route 40 in the center of town, leading north 17 miles (27 km) to Pamplin and south 13 miles (21 km) to U.S. Route 15.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Charlotte Court House has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km2), all of it land.


Patrick Henry gave his famous "Liberty or Death" speech at the courthouse two days before he famously delivered it in Richmond. The central courthouse area is a source of pride for those who work and live there. Many of the buildings represent architecture from the 1800s, including the Thomas Jefferson-designed courthouse building. The courthouse building was used in the filming of the movie Sommersby in the summer of 1992. Richard Gere, Jodie Foster and James Earl Jones starred in the movie about the post-war South.

The Charlotte Court House Historic District, Charlotte County Courthouse, Greenfield, and Woodfork are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 96
1910 329 242.7%
1920 318 −3.3%
1930 366 15.1%
1940 399 9.0%
1950 397 −0.5%
1960 555 39.8%
1970 539 −2.9%
1980 568 5.4%
1990 531 −6.5%
2000 404 −23.9%
2010 543 34.4%
2019 (est.) 512 −5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 404 people, 148 households, and 104 families residing in the town. The population density was 102.0 people per square mile (39.4/km2). There were 177 housing units at an average density of 44.7 per square mile (17.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 55.20% White, 43.81% African American, 0.74% from other races, and 0.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

There were 148 households, out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 18.1% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,000, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $26,500 versus $20,313 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,657. About 7.8% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

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