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Commercial Block

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1898–1964. East side of Main St., between Washington and Jefferson sts.

The Chamber of Commerce provides a southern anchor to New Martinsville's main commercial block, the east side of Main Street opposite the courthouse. For the most part, the block consists of early-twentieth-century brick structures, generally two stories tall. As happened in similar small-town commercial centers across the country, most first-floor storefronts were altered during the 1950s and 1960s. The c. 1905 Court Restaurant at 215 Main Street is a rare survivor of a typical small-town gathering place. The Rotary Club and Jaycees meet here, where photographs of former patrons, including governors, senators, and Jack Dempsey, line the walls.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Commercial Block", [New Martinsville, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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