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27. The 1808 Randolph County Court House
In June 1808, a committee was appointed to contract tobuild a brick courthouse to replace the original log one on Court Street.
This building cost approximately $1200, including $35 for hingesand other ironwork paid to Solomon Collett. The courthouse was completed in 1815, and thewing on the south, which contained the county clerks office, was completed in 1838.A separate addition on the east side housed the circuit clerk's office.
Thomas J. Arnold describes tells of the court in its heyday,
These Courts were attended by prominent lawyers fromStaunton, Clarksburg, Weston, and elsewhere. Aside from jurors and witnesses, many peoplegathered from all sections of the county, many of them remaining as long as Court lasted,meeting with old friends and relatives, keeping up old acquaintanceship -- a custom thatseems to have passed with that generation.
In 1894, with the new town of Elkins agitating to become thecounty seat, a large new court house was built in Beverly. This new building burned undersuspicious circumstances in 1897 and the court records were moved back into the old courthouse. In 1899 Elkins was designated as the county seat, and the records moved there. Inlater years this building was used as a store.
The 1808 court house is a two-story brick building, three bays bythree bays, which originally had similar north and west facades and a bell tower on theroof.