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Braxton County

Braxton County is named for Carter Braxton, who was a member of the Continental Congress.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Gilmer County and Lewis County

E – Webster County

S – Nicholas County

W – Clay CountyCalhoun County and Gilmer County


Created:  January 15, 1836                    Map of West Virginia highlighting Braxton County

County Seat: 

Sutton  1836 – present


County Courthouse – Sutton 


Location:  307 Main Street / 4th Street

Built:  1881 – 1882

Style:  Early Colonial Revival

Architect:  Charles C Kemble of Wheeling

Contractor:  Wood and Atchison


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Sutton. The north front has an arched central entrance with stone arch trim above the windows on the first story. On the second story are arched windows with circular wind at the peak. On the east and west sides, the building projects. On the center of the roof is a high square white colored cupola with black colored dome. A new addition extends east along the south side of the building. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit and Family Court. On the west side is the Old County Jail constructed in 1905.


 Note:  The County Magistrate Court is located at 307 Main Street and 4th Street on the north side of the courthouse.


See:  The architect Charles C Kemble of Wheeling also designed the courthouse in Marshall County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Sutton Downtown Historic District


See:  The 14th Judicial District includes Clay County, Gilmer County and Webster County.


History:  The county was created in 1836 and Sutton was selected as the county seat. The first meeting of the court took place at the home of John D Sutton in 1836. The first courthouse was built but was destroyed during the Civil War. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1881 to 1882.


County Courthouse – Sutton













Old County Jail – Sutton

Photos taken 2012