Wise County

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Wise County is named for Henry A Wise, who was a governor of Virginia and a Confederate States Army General during the Civil War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Letcher County, Kentucky

E – Dickenson County and Russell County 

S – Russell CountyScott County and Lee County

W – Harlan County, Kentucky and Letcher County, Kentucky


Created:  February 16, 1856                  Map of Virginia highlighting Wise County

County Seat: 

Wise   1856 – present


County Courthouse – Wise  


Location:  206 East Main Street / Spring Avenue SE

Built:  1895 – 1896

Style:  Renaissance Revival and Italianate

Architect:  Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC

Contractor:  Milbourne Gilliam & Creed Flanary


Description:  The building faces north east and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wise. The north front has a small porch at the central entrance with two columns rising to a balcony on the second story. A balustrade runs along the roof line. The northeast corner has a high square clock tower and the northwest corner has a high square tower with openings at the top. The second story windows are arched. The base of the building is rough cut limestone. On the west side is a light brown colored brick two story addition constructed in 1920. The addition has a balustrade along the flat roof line. On the south side is the modern four story concrete and glass courthouse constructed from 1979 to 1980. The roof line is flat.The architect was Charles B McElroy and the contractor was Armstrong Construction Company, Inc.


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


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Wise County Courthouse


History:  The first court met in the Baptist Church in Gladeville ( Wise ) in 1856. The first courthouse was a two story log structure built by J Dobson in 1857. The courthouse was burned during the Civil War in 1864. The court met in the Virginia Hotel and the second courthouse was built in 1876. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1895 to 1896.




County Courthouse – Wise


































Photos taken 2013