Northampton Historic Preservation Society

Enriching lives through the preservation of historical sites and cultural heritage in Northampton County, Virginia.




We're Fundraising  To Restore the 1907 Jail as a Museum

NHPS has designed special notecards featuring two of the historic buildings on Northampton's Historic Court Green in Eastville, Virginia. They are perfect for  for sending messages of thanks, greetings from your vacation, get well notes,  or just to send a little hello.  Eight folded notecards  and envelopes are included in each package and shipping is included.  Order your package(s)  with any credit card using the button  below or a paper mail in form can be found HERE.

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Why are the remaining buildings on the Historic Northampton County  Court Green in Eastville significant?

A quick look at the history of the Northampton County Historic Court Green.

A court green or courthouse square in the first settlements in America became the central location for all classes to hear and determine legal activities, transact business, and gather for news and social activities.  They typically consisted of a courthouse, clerk’s office, and jail.


By 1634, the Virginia colony was divided into eight shires (including Accawmack) and each was required to hold monthly courts. Accawmack was renamed Northampton in 1642, and by 1663, was divided into two counties; the southern being Northampton and the northern being Accomack.

Follow the puzzle and learn more about Courts and Courthouses and the Clerk's Offices here and about the Debtors' Prison and Jails here.


NHPS needs your help to restore the 1907 Jail for use as a museum about Northampton County jails.  With the restoration of the 1907 Jail, the Northampton County Court Green is certain to be one of the most intact and restored court greens in the Country.  If you would like to contribute to restore the 1907 Jail for use as a museum, a donation button is available below.  The museum will feature the role jails played in county governance in Eastville, Virginia from Colonial times until today. To place the restoration of the 1907 Jail in perspective, in 1913 the founder of NHPS saved the 1800 Clerk's Office, 1814 Debtors Prison, and the 1731 Courthouse from destruction.  Think about what a significant historical loss that would have been. This time it is our turn to save this 113-year old structure for future generations to understand the role jails played in Northampton County governance, in conjunction with the other remaining historical structures, for over 300 years.

Learn more about the 1907 Jail and all the other jails that once stood on the historic Northampton County Court Green by watching the video on Northampton jails found by clicking here.

                       Please donate to restore the 1907 Jail today!

For a form to use to send a donation by mail, click here: Donation Form


Northampton Historic Preservation Society Awarded $50,000 Challenge Grant from The Cabell Foundation to Restore Northampton Court Green 1907 Jail

The Northampton Historic Preservation Society (NHPS) is pleased to announce that The Cabell Foundation has awarded a one-to-one $50,000 challenge grant to support the restoration and preservation of the 1907 jail building on the Northampton County Court Green in Eastville, Virginia. The Society plans to use the 1907 Jail as a museum to recognize the history of all the jails that once stood on the historic court green.

This project will complete a five-building combination of exhibits and buildings reflecting Northampton County governance over the past three hundred years.  The existing self-guided tour includes an overview of the Northampton Court Green history in an exhibit room of the 1899 Courthouse (now County Administration Building) and exhibits in the 1731 Courthouse, the Old Clerk's Office (ca.1800) and the Debtors Prison (ca.1814). The addition of the 1907 Jail Museum will become the fifth stop on this educational tour. 

Northampton Court Green buildings showcase architectural styles from the last three centuries and provide informative exhibits for students, academicians, and other visitors about activities that took place on the historic court green. With the restoration of the 1907 Jail, the Northampton County Historic Court Green is certain to be one of the most intact and restored court greens in the country. In order to receive The Cabell Foundation challenge grant, NHPS must raise $50,000 in cash and pledges.

The Cabell Foundation challenge grant relies on community involvement through contributions to support preservation efforts! Every gift counts! One-time or monthly donations may be made with the donation button below.  Contact Mike Ash at 757-678-0963 or email: for more information about the project or to discuss your pledge, contribution, or becoming a sponsor. 


Due to concerns with the Coronavirus, the Northampton Historic Preservation Society will not be holding the “Researching Genealogy in the Northampton County Clerk’s Office” program on Friday, March 20th, 2020.  It will be rescheduled as soon as it is appropriate to do so.  Thank you for your interest in NHPS programs!

This is the first in a series of Northampton Historic Preservation Society genealogy lectures planned by Eastville historian, Dr. David Scott.  Dr. Scott will share his tips on how to use the resources of the Northampton County Clerk’s Office, which houses the oldest continuous court records in America. Learn how to use these remarkable records to aid your research and, perhaps, to solve some mysteries in your family history. 

During a power point presentation, Dr. Scott will introduce participants to the record room in the clerk's office, detail how to use these valuable original records, and answer general research questions. He will be then available in the clerk's office after the presentation for the remainder of the day to assist participants who would like to explore the Clerk’s Office for information based upon what they have learned at the lecture.


Registration online is strongly suggested to hold a spot at this lecture.  The cost to attend is $25 per person.  All proceeds will go toward NHPS fundraising to restore the historic 1907 Jail on the Northampton Court Green. Please register below.
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Congratulations to the NHPS Essay Winners!!!

The Northampton Historic Preservation Society is pleased to announce the winners of an essay contest the NHPS sponsored on the life and contributions of Peter Jacob Carter.


Victoria Arvidson won the First Place prize of $100.00. Second Place for the $75.00 prize went to Ramsey Revelle, and Jacob Morrison won $50.00 for Third Place. (Picture, left to right - Jacob Morrison, Victoria Arvidson, and Ramsey Revelle,)


NHPS congratulates the winners for rising to the challenge and submitting such outstanding essays!   The Northampton Historic Preservation Society is committed to promoting the history and preservation of 300+ years in Northampton County, Virginia, and encouraging this interest in our young people is one of our priorities. Thank you to all who participated.


Please help support Northampton County's preservation efforts!

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NHPS Joins AmazonSmile Program - An Easy Way to Donate to NHPS

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon remembers your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.  You will have to enter Amazon and shop at for NHPS to receive a donation.

 Northampton Historic Preservation Society History

In 2013, the Northampton Historic Preservation Society was granted 501(c)(3) status. The mission of the NHPS is to preserve the historic heritage of properties primarily in Northampton County, Virginia through education, advocacy, and restoration activities. The NHPS is dedicated to continuing its century long historic preservation mission as the Northampton Branch of Preservation Virginia (a.k.a. the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities).