McDowell County

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McDowell County is named for James McDowell, who was a Governor of Virginia.


Created:  February 20, 1858

County Seat: 

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



N – Mingo County and Wyoming County

E – Mercer County

S – Tazewell County, Virginia

W – Buchanan County, Virginia





























Photos taken 2012