Prison Square Courthouse

Prison Square Courthouse

400 High Street

The 1846 Courthouse built on Prison Square is the site of the former jail and place of public executions. It is a one-story Greek Revival style brick building with a basement. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   Portsmouth was the county seat for Norfolk, so this courthouse served both Norfolk and Portsmouth. When Portsmouth became a city it was no longer in a county. The courthouse was then divided in half with the right side serving the city of Portsmouth and the left side serving Norfolk county. It remained in use as a courthouse until 1960.

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