Pocahontas developed in the 1820s as a port on the Black River and became the seat of Randolph County when it was created from Lawrence County in 1835. This attractive Italianate courthouse, built by contractor John A. McKay, was constructed on the site of the county’s first courthouse of c. 1837, which had collapsed. The two-story red brick building’s central bay projects slightly and is emphasized by a pedimented gable and a small wooden porch painted white. The hipped roof’s deep eaves are supported by prominent paired brackets, chimneys dot the roofline, and a tall square cupola is a notable feature. All the windows are tall and narrow, and their round-arched tops feature corbel-arched headers. In 1940, courthouse functions were relocated to a new WPA-funded building of buff brick at W. Broadway and N. Marr streets, which was designed by Eugene J. Stern. The old courthouse’s interior was altered for subsequent tenants. It now provides space for the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s tourist board.
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Old Randolph County Courthouse
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