Prince George gives unique housewarming gift to Dinwiddie for new building opening

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: February 4, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – While they may be neighbors now, many years ago, the 507-square-miles that make up Dinwiddie County were actually part of Prince George County, creating a special bond between the two counties.

That bond was evident last week as the county provided a unique gift to Dinwiddie to celebrate the opening of their new government center.

Last week, dozens of people made their way to the Dinwiddie County Government Center along U.S. Route 1 in the county to formally open their new center of county operations, which is the third phase of a four-part complex project that saw the construction of a new public safety building to house the county’s emergency services, and renovations to another building to make it the new home of Dinwiddie County Public Schools. 

Prince George Supervisor Marlene Waymack and Vice-Chair Floyd Brown, Jr. stand in front of the county’s gift to Dinwiddie, a framed piece that displays Dinwiddie’s various renderings of its county seal, the first time many get to see the original concepts for Dinwiddie’s seal. (Michael Campbell)

On the first floor of their building sits the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors new meeting space, featuring all the amenities expected inside a new state-of-the-art government building. Just outside that boardroom is a unique piece of artwork that serves to show the county’s history.

During the move between buildings in December, Dinwiddie Treasurer Jennifer Perkins discovered a series of drawings in the county’s vault, drawings that depicted various versions of the county’s official seal.

Each version serves to hold some piece of itself in the final one that represents the county’s official seal, with drawings featuring the county’s geography, along with imagery showing the roots of the county’s culture, such as timber and agriculture, and the area’s close connection with Native American history.

A conversation between Prince George County Administrator Percy Ashcraft and Dinwiddie County Administrator Kevin Massengill led to the creation of a special framed work that showcases the different seals for the first time for the public to see, now featured prominently in the foyer leading into the Dinwiddie County boardroom.

The piece shares the story of the county’s seal, which dates back to 1965 when the board of supervisors authorized Ivan Butterworth, a local historian and chairman of the Dinwiddie County Civil War Centennial Commission, to create an official flag and county seal for Dinwiddie. 



The pieces are made up of elements that were found in the treasurer’s office during the move from the Pamplin Administration Building last month. (Michael Campbell)

“The seal and flag presented and adopted carry the colors of the Dinwiddie family which are sienna and green,” it reads. “Governor Dinwiddie’s personal motto appears in the design. The motto ‘Ubi Libertas Ibi atria’ translates to ‘Where there is liberty, there is my home.'” Both sides bare the inscription ‘Seal of Dinwiddie County, Virginia,’ with one side showing 1752, the date of the founding of the county.”

Prince George Board of Supervisors Vice-Chair Floyd Brown Jr. and Supervisor Marlene Waymack, along with Deputy County Administrators Jeff Stoke and Betsy Drewry and County Administrator Percy Ashcraft were all on hand for last Thursday’s building dedication. 

“People talk about how the Tri-City/Tri-County area relationships and to see people from all over the state come out and support us, it solidifies the work that we put into regional cooperation is paying off,” County Administrator Massengill said of the county’s relationship, thanking Prince George for the gift that will be seen by Dinwiddie locals for decades to come.

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