McDowell County is named for James McDowell, who was a Governor of Virginia.
Created: February 20, 1858
Wilco 1866 – 1872
Perryville 1872 – 1892
Welch 1892 – present
County Courthouse – Welch
Location: 90 Wyoming Street / Court Street
Built: 1893 – 1894
Style: Richardsonian Romanesque
Architect: Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC
Contractor: G W Rush and C H Rush
Description: The building faces west and is a two story rough stone structure. The building sits atop a hillside overlooking the downtown. The west front has a projecting center section with the main entrance which is recessed beneath a stone frontispiece of Byzantine-style columns supporting a ballustraded architrave. Above is an arch rising to a peak at the roof line. On the north side is a large square stone clock tower with steep roof. The roof is sloped. In 1909 an addition was added. The architect was W E Shuffleberger and E L Shuffleberger. Another addition was added in 1961. On the north side is the County Jail also constructed in 1893 to 1894.
See: The architect Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC.
See: National Register of Historic Places – McDowell County Courthouse
E – Mercer County
S – Tazewell County, Virginia
W – Buchanan County, Virginia
Photos taken 2012