Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town

The first Jefferson County Courthouse was built in Charles Town, West Virginia, USA, in 1803, on a lot donated by Charles Washington. It was replaced by a larger building about 1836, which comprises the core of the present courthouse. The building is historically notable as the site of two trials for treason: that of John Brown in 1859 (treason against Virginia), and those of unionizing coal miners from Mingo County, West Virginia (treason against West Virginia), a consequence of the Battle of Blair Mountain, whose trials were moved from the southern part of the state in 1922 as a result of a change of venue.
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  • The security officer just inside the courthouse was very helpful and very friendly. He even shared a little local history with us when there were no folks coming into the courthouse. Totally worth.....  more »
  • The courthouse is very old, needs a little updating but then it would lose its charm. I love seeing the paintings and plaques on the wall. My favorite thing is the actual courtrooms themselves...  more »

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