Gilmer County

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Gilmer County is named for Thomas Walker Gilmer, who was a United States Secretary of the Navy and a Governor of Virginia.


Created:  February 3, 1845

County Seat: 

DeKalb    1845 – 1846

Glenville  1846 – present


County Courthouse – Glenville


Location:  10 Howard Street / Court Street

Built:  1917 – 1923

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Holabo and Lafferty of Clarksburg

Contractor:  Acme Construction Company


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building sits on a hill overlooking the town to the south. The southwest front has two large columns rising to wide header with pediment above. The entrance on the first story and the second story are recessed. The center section rises above the east and west sections. The base of the building is stone. The building was renovated in 1974


Note:  The contractor, Acme Construction Company, won the contract on a low bid of $99,000 which put them into bankruptcy. The legal hassle over the completion of the building may account for the fact that the building does not have a cornerstone.


County Courthouse Annex – Glenville




Location:  101 North Court Street / Johnson Street

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Denver R Turner of Charleston

Contractor:  Facemire Brothers of Sutton


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is rectangular with the entrance at the south end of the southeast front. Glass paneled walls are divided by brick wall sections. The roof line is flat.



N – Ritchie County, Doddridge County and Lewis County

E – Braxton County 

S – Calhoun County

W – Calhoun County and Ritchie County





County Courthouse
















Photos taken 2012