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Braxton County Jail

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1905, Holmboe and Lafferty. Town Square, southwest of the courthouse
  • Braxton County Jail (State Historic Preservation Office, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Steve Creasey)

“Stone walls do not a prison make,” but this diminutive jail tries so hard to be stern and forbidding that it's almost a shame to say it's a sham. Constructed with rough-hewn sandstone blocks, the two-story building is ornamented with corbeled battlements at its corners, but the scale is so small that any sense of defense is lost. “Mock military” comes to mind as a stylistic term.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Braxton County Jail", [Sutton, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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