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Roane County

Roane County is named for Spencer Roane, who was a judge of the Virginia Supreme Court.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wirt County

E – Calhoun County and Clay County

S – Kanawha County

W – Jackson County 


Created:  March 11, 1856                       Map of West Virginia highlighting Roane County

County Seat: 

Spencer  1856 – present


County Courthouse – Spencer 


Location:  200 Main Street / Market Street

Built:  1964 – 1965

Style:  Modern

Architect:  R L Wilson and J D King of St. Albans

Contractor:  E O Fogleman Construction Company of Summersville


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Spencer. The south front has ten tall pillars supporting the roof overhang. The central entrance is glass. The windows are horizontal. There are no windows on the east and west sides. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 5th Judicial Circuit and County Family Court. 


Note:  The County Magistrate Court is located across from the courthouse at 201 Main Street and Church Street.


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


History:  The county was created in 1856 and Spenser (New California) was selected as county seat. The county first met at the home of M Benson Armstrong. The first courthouse was built in 1856. The second courthouse was two story structure designed by E W William and built in 1887. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1964 to 1965.



County Courthouse – Spencer











Photos taken 2012