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Courtland is an incorporated town in Southampton County, Virginia, United States. Originally named Jerusalem, the town was given its present name in 1888. It served as Southampton County's only town through the 18th century, and was, as it remains, the county seat. This quiet little town was formed in 1791 on the north shore of the Nottoway River.

In 1831, the town became famous as the site of the trials and subsequent executions of Nat Turner and those involved in the Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion of 1831. In 1888 the Atlantic and Danville Railroad was built through town which resulted in the fastest spurt of growth in town history. Many of the homes built during that era still stand today.

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