200th Anniversary of Scott County Court


WHEREAS, Scott County was formed by an Act of the General Assembly on November 24, 1814, from parts of Washington, Lee, and Russell Counties, and was named for General Winfield Scott; and

WHEREAS, on January 4, 1815, Virginia Governor Wilson C. Nicholas signed a commission of the peace for the establishment of Scott County, authorizing several citizens to organize the first court and county government; and

WHEREAS, the first court convened on February 14, 1815, and met again the following two days; and

WHEREAS, these initial meetings led to several appointed positions and the first arranged county election; and

WHEREAS, we recognize the fundamental impact that courts have on providing a forum to resolve disputes and enforce laws in a fair and rational manner; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is pleased to celebrate the history of our country with the bicentennial commemoration of the first court in Scott County, Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize February 14, 2015, as the 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF SCOTT COUNTY COURT in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.