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Wayne County

Wayne County is named for Anthony Wayne, who was a general in the American Revolutionary War, and who lived from 1745 to 1796.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lawrence County, Ohio and Cabell County

E – Cabell County and Lincoln County

S – Mingo County 

W – Martin County, Kentucky, Lawrence County, Kentucky and Boyd County, Kentucky


Created:  January 18, 1842                    Map of West Virginia highlighting Wayne County

County Seat: 

Wayne  1842 – present


County Courthouse – Wayne


Location:  700 Hendricks Street / Hall Street

Built:  1922 – 1923

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Milburn Heister & Company of Washington, DC

Contractor:  King Lumber Company Builders


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story orange colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wayne. The east front has a central entrance framed with stone. Above the entrance are three windows on the second story. A wide horizontal band runs below the roof line. On the roof is a square cupola with clock and gold colored drum above a bell. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 24th Judicial Circuit, County Magistrate Court and County Family Court. On the west and south sides are new additions. In 1940, the architect was Levi J Dean and in 1971, the architect was Robert L Brown.


See:  The architect Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC.


History:  The county was created in 1842 and Trout’s Hill was selected as the county seat. The court first met in 1842 at the home of Abraham Trout in Trout’s Hill. The first courthouse was a log cabin. The county seat name was changed in Wayne in 1911.  The third courthouse was designed by Frank P Milburn and constructed by Big Four Construction Company in 1893. The courthouse burned in 1920. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1922 to 1923.



County Courthouse – Wayne










Photos taken 2012