Landes Letter: November 2020 Edition

Friends,

   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to provide updates from the Clerk's Office including our grant application and the restored records my office received.

   I have also included the latest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour.

   The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk's Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving State Holiday beginning at 12 noon on Wednesday, November 25, and then Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27. We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! We will reopen Monday, November 30th for our regular office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Appointments Needed for Entry

   Appointments are still necessary due to the COVID-19 Pandemic to complete business at the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. So please note, appointments scheduled in advance are required for entry into the Courthouse, call 540-245-5321. Those with appointments will be asked COVID-19 screening questions and have their temperature checked upon arrival. Thank you for your understanding, and cooperation!

Augusta County Clerk Receives Restored Records and Applies for Grant

   The Clerk's office recently received four important historic records back after extensive conservation work was completed on each record book. The restored records include: Deed Book No. 2 Part 2; Freedman’s Bureau Record of Freedmen 1865-1868, Deed Book 103, and Marriage Register Colored 1863-1887.

    “The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office was very pleased to have been successful in obtaining the 2019 Library of Virginia Circuit Court Records Preservation Program Grant so that these four important records could be preserved for future generations,” Landes said. “I want to thank my predecessors in their diligent efforts to preserve and conserve Augusta County’s historic records, and I am committed to doing the same during my tenure as Clerk.”

    The Clerk’s Office has applied for these grants since 1994, and the most recent application was submitted on September 22, 2020, which will cover the 2021 grant cycle. The most recent grant requests funds to restore and conserve Will Book No. 3 (1761-1767); Marriage Register Colored 1888-1910; Deed Book 29 (1796-1798), and Order Book 24 (1796-1799).

Read the Press Release Here

Donate Today

   Donate today to help cover the costs of this newsletter along with future campaign initiatives. Your contributions help keep Augusta County citizens and the Clerk's office connected.

   If you would like to mail your donation, please make checks payable to: Steve Landes for Clerk of Court Committee.

P.O Box 12

Verona, VA 24482

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Virtual Photograph Tour

   This is week twenty-seven of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the basement Scanning Room where oversized plats are scanned into our land record system for public viewing. We also have old land records and old marriage records housed in this room. In the future we hope to add another scanner and begin digitizing our historic records as well.

   This is week twenty-eight of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is our Plat and Server Room in the basement of the Courthouse. Our Evidence Vault is located in this room as well.

   This is week twenty-nine of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Basement Hallway going to our Basement Record Storage areas. According to at least several vendors and staff this is also the area ghosts have been seen.

   This is week thirty of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the server area, and evidence vault for our Plat and Server Room in the basement of the courthouse. We just completed an extensive upgrade of both the cabling and our record servers.

   This is week thirty-one of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Election and Civil Basement Store Room. All election records are kept in this room, along with confidential civil files. The room is double locked for security.

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at stevelandes.com for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

[email protected]

540-245-5320

Augusta County Website

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