This riverside community was established in 1839 but became the county's seat of justice only in 1884 after wresting the honor from the inland community of New Manchester. The “land” side of Ridge Avenue (West Virginia 2) has several impressive houses attesting to former prosperity. Court Street, a ridge-top, culde-sac extension of Ridge Avenue, serves as a small-scale civic center with the courthouse, churches, and a library clustered together.
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