Mercer County

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Mercer County is named for Hugh Mercer, who was a Brigadier General during the American Revolutionary War.


Created:  March 17, 1837

County Seat: 

Princeton  1837 – present


County Courthouse – Princeton 


Location:  1501 Main Street / Scott Street

Built:  1930 – 1931

Style:  Art Deco / Moderne

Architect:  Alex B Mahood

Contractor:  Boone, Eason & Wood


Description:  The building faces south and is a four story Indiana limestone structure. The building is designed in the form of an “H” with projecting east and west two story wings. The first story has a recessed central entrance. Vertical windows rise from the second to the third stories. The fourth story has small windows. The building is embellished with Roman architectural motifs including faces, medallions, engaged pilasters and fluting. The friezes depict in heroic form the progress of the county from pioneer times and terminate in images of the machine age. Friezes above the front and rear doors were designed by Mrs. S L Mahood, the mother of the architect. The roof line is flat


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1839 by Ledbetter and was destroyed by fire in 1862. The next courthouse was built in 1874 by Andrew Fillinger and was destroyed by fire the following year in 1875. The previous courthouse was constructed in 1876 by D W McClaughterty and additions were added in 1888 constructed by John C Darst and in 1909 constructed by Witt Brothers.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Mercer County Courthouse


County Courthouse Annex – Princeton




Location:  120 Scott Street / Main Street

Built:  2003 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  E Todd Bogess

Contractor:  Swope Construction Company


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story glass and concrete structure. The center section has a framed entrance with pilasters and pediment at the roof line. On either side of the center section are curved glass walls. The southeast wing and north west wing have flat roof lines.



N – Raleigh County, Summers County and Monroe County

E – Giles County, Virginia

S – Bland County, Virginia and Tazewell County, Virginia

W – McDowell County and Wyoming County



































Photos taken 2012