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Hardy County Courthouse

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1911–1913, Milburn, Heister and Company (Frank P. Milburn). Northeast corner of North Elm and Washington sts.

Hardy County's present seat of justice, the fourth authorized by the county courts, is a large, three-story brick building that looks more like a schoolhouse than a courthouse. Its unusual location, several blocks northeast of the center of town, was likely chosen because it was near the depot of the then-new Hampshire Southern Railroad, which was expected to inaugurate a building boom. That never happened, and the courthouse is now in a pleasant but unremarkable residential area.

Even with two monumental Ionic porticoes and a bold modillion cornice, this is perhaps the least distinguished of Milburn's several county courthouses in West Virginia. In overall appearance and arrangement, it is a smaller version of the same firm's contemporary Wayne County, North Carolina, courthouse at Goldsboro.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Hardy County Courthouse", [Moorefield, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-HD4.

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