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Jackson County

Jackson County is named for Andrew Jackson, who was President of the United States of America.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Meigs County, Ohio and Wood County

E – Wirt County and Roane County

S – Kanawha County

W – Kanawha County,  Putnam County and Mason County


Created:  March 1, 1831                         Map of West Virginia highlighting Jackson County

County Seat: 

Ripley  1831 – present


County Courthouse – Ripley 


Location:  100 Court Street / West Main Street

Built:  1918 – 1919

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Levi J Dean

Contractor:  Prescott Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story smooth limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Ripley. The east front has a full-height entry porch with a gable pediment, all supported by Ionic columns. There are three entrance openings on the first story and a small balcony above the second story. On the center of the roof is an octagonal white colored cupola with clock at the top. The building has a dentiled cornice that overhangs slightly. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story and rises into the third story.  Behind the judge’s bench is an alcove with a painting of Lady Justice. There is a balcony on the rear side. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 5th Judicial Circuit, County Magistrate Court and County Family Court.An addition was constructed on the west side and extends south. The building was renovated in 2003. The architect was Brighton A & E, Inc. and the contractor was Harco Construction Company, Inc.


See:  The 5th Judicial District includes Calhoun County, Mason County and Roane County.


History:  The county was created in 1831 and Ripley was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a one-story brick structure built James Smith in 1832 to 1833 at a cost of $3,700. The second courthouse was a two story structure with jail on the first story and the courtroom on the second story built by Nicholas Bonnett in 1858 at a cost of $7,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1918 to 1919.



County Courthouse – Ripley



















Photos taken 2012