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Pleasants County

Pleasants County is named for James Pleasants Jr., who was a United States Senator and a Governor of Virginia.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wetzel County

E – Doddridge County

S – Ritchie County and Wood County

W – Washington County, Ohio


Created:  May 29, 1851                          Map of West Virginia highlighting Pleasants County

County Seat: 

St. Marys  1851 – present


County Courthouse – St. Marys 


Location:  301 Court Lane / George Street

Built:  1924 – 1925

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Holmboe & Pogue of Clarksburg

Contractor:  Putnam & Foreman of Marietta, Ohio


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story buff colored brick  structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds and sits on a hill overlooking St. Marys to the west. The northwest front has a portico at the center with four large Doric columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The entrance is framed. The building has a flat roof line. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 3rd Judicial Circuit, County Magistrate Court and County Family Court. 


See:  The architect, Holmboe & Pogue of Clarksburg and the contractor, Putnam & Foreman of Marietta, Ohio also designed and built the courthouse in Ritchie County .


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Pleasants County Courthouse


See:  The 3rd Judicial District includes Doddridge County and Ritchie County.


History:  The county was created in 1851 and St. Marys was selected as the county seat. The first county meeting was held at the home of Alexander H Creel in 1851. The court met at the home of Isaac Reynold until the first courthouse. a two story structure  was built by George Sharp and John Stewart in 1854. The building was destroyed by fire in 1923. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1924 to 1925 at a cost of $99,963.



County Courthouse – St. Marys 









Photos taken 2012