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Monongalia County

Monongalia County is named for the Monongahela River which means “falling banks” in the Native American language.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Greene County, Pennsylvania and Fayette County, Pennsylvania

E – Preston County

S – Taylor County and Marion County

W – Wetzel County


Created:  October 7, 1776                      Map of West Virginia highlighting Monongalia County

County Seat: 

Geneva ( Pennsylvania )  1776 – 1783

Morgantown                      1782 – present


County Courthouse – Morgantown              


Location:  243 High Street / Walnut Street

Built:  1890 – 1891

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  James Bailey of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Contractor:  George W L Mayers of Fairmont


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick structure. On the east side of the building is a small plaza. The east front has a central high square red colored brick tower with steep roof. On the north side of the tower are the recessed entrance with stone arch and a round tower with conical roof. On the south side of the front, a section projects from the main building and rises to a sloped roof with a gabled roof above. On the south side is another lower square tower.


County Justice Center – Morgantown              


Location:  75 High Street / Kirk Street

Built:  1970’s

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Desscription:  The building faces south and is a four story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Morgantown. The south front has a recessed second story at street level. Vertical concrete dividers run between the large windows. The roof line is flat. The building was originally constructed as the Harley O Staggers Federal Building and was remodeled in 2014 to 2016. The courtrooms are located on the fourth story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Family Court and Magistrates Court. The architect was Silling Architects of Charleston and the contractor was Massaro Corporation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


History:  The county was created in 1776 and the first organizational meeting took place at the home of Jonathan Coburn on December 8, 1776. The first county seat was located at the home of Theophilus Phillips, two miles from the present site of Geneva, Pennsylvania. After the Mason-Dixon line made his home a part of Pennsylvania, the county seat was moved to the home of Zackquill Morgan in 1782, in Morgantown. The first courthouse was a frame structure built in 1784. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1802. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1848. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1890 to 1891. The County Justice Center was completed in 2014 to 2016.



County Courthouse – Morgantown













Photos taken 2012