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Pocahontas County

Pocahontas County is named for Pocahontas, who was an Indian Princess and the daughter of Powhatan the  chief of the Atlantic Native American tribe.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Randolph County

E – Pendleton County, Highland County, Virginia and  Bath County, Virginia

S – Greenbrier County

W – Webster County and Randolph County


Created:  December 21, 1821                Map of West Virginia highlighting Pocahontas County

County Seat: 

Huntersville  1821 – 1891

Marlinton      1891 – present


County Courthouse – Marlinton


Location:  100 C 10th Avenue / 9th Street

Built:  1894 – 1895

Style:  Victorian Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Millard F Giesey of Wheeling

Contractor:  Manley Manufacturing Company of Dalton, Georgia


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the southeast of the center of Marlinton. The northwest front has a projecting arch at the central entrance. On the north side is a three story red colored brick tower with steep roof. The dormer in the short tower projects from the plane of the facade and is supported by corbeled brick brackets on the ends. The second and third story windows are arched. At the first story entrance, the arch and entablature are supported by squat doric columns of stone. Above the entrance door is a large round-headed fanlight with spoked, segmented panes. The north and south wings project from the main building and rise to a gabled roof. The interior of the first floor of the courthouse consists of a central cross shaped corridor with stairs to the second floor in the intersection of the cross. There are vertical board hardwood wainscoting in all rooms. The major feature on the interior is the hardwood stair and balustrade in the main staircase. The newel posts are square with chamfered edges between the base and the top rail section. They have applied round bullseye ornaments in the panels. The courtroom takes up the majority of the second story filling the northeastern portion of the building. The seats are bent wood seats and backs with shared wood arms. The ends of each row have decoratively painted panels. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, County Magistrates Court and Family Court. The stone mason was Albert Gunther. On the southeast side is a new two story buff colored brick and concrete addition constructed in 1976 which wraps around the southeast section of the courthouse. On the southeast behind the courthouse is the County Jail.


See:  National Registyer of Historic Places – Pocahontas County Courthouse


See:  The 11th Judicial District includes Greenbrier County.


History:  The county was created in 1821 and Huntersville was selected as the county seat. The first meeting of the court was held at the home of John Bradshaw near Huntersville in 1822. The first courthouse was a two story wood frame structure built in 1814. The county seat was moved to Marlinton in 1891 and the first and present courthouse was constructed in 1894 to 1895 at a cost of $15,918.



County Courthouse – Marlinton 



















Photos taken 2012