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Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Marion County Courthouse

 
 
Marion County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
1. Marion County Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  Marion County was named for the Revolutionary War general, Francis Marion of South Carolina, the legendary “Swamp Fox.” It was formed in 1842 from Harrison and Monongalia Counties. The first courthouse, a two-story red brick structure, was completed in 1844. The building had a cupola with a bell, and wood columns supported the gable roof. It housed various county offices, with a large courtroom and jury rooms on the second floor.

On March 12, 1897, the demolition of the first courthouse commenced, and the current building was completed by 1900. The architectural firm of Yost and Packard of Columbus, Ohio, designed this Beaux Arts style building. The building underwent renovations in 1960, 1977, 1987 and 2003.
 
Erected by Frontiers to Mountaineers Heritage Tourism. Made possible in part by Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and the Benedum Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1819.
 
Location. 39° 29.088′ N, 80° 8.589′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia
Marion County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
2. Marion County Courthouse Marker
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, in Marion County. Marker is on Adams Street north of Monroe Street, on the left when traveling north. It is in front of the courthouse at sidewalk level. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fairmont (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Boaz Fleming (within shouting distance of this marker); The Original Dunbar School (within shouting distance of this marker); Sheriff's House (within shouting distance of this marker); High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A. Brooks Fleming House (about 400 feet away); Julia Robertson Pierpont (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
 
Marion County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
3. Marion County Courthouse
Marion County Courthouse Cupola image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
4. Marion County Courthouse Cupola
Marion County Courthouse, Fairmont, W. Va. image. Click for full size.
By The Valentine and Sons’ Publishing Co., Ltd.
5. Marion County Courthouse, Fairmont, W. Va.
This postcard, printed in Great Britain, has a 1909 postmark.
Lady Justice atop the Marion County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
6. Lady Justice atop the Marion County Courthouse
An additional NRHP Marker at the Marion County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, June 7, 2021
7. An additional NRHP Marker at the Marion County Courthouse
The Courthouse and the adjacent American Foursquare-style Sheriff's Residence were jointly added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 1979 for their architectural, artistic and governmental significance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 986 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on June 7, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   5. submitted on August 8, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   6. submitted on August 5, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   7. submitted on June 7, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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