The Preston County Journal Building was built in 1880 by William 0. Dawson, who established the Journal (a local newspaper), later became Governor of West Virginia.
James W. White was the next owner until 1899, when he sold
it to Horatio S. Whetsell. The Whetsell family owned the Journal for sixty-eight
years. In 1967, it was purchased by Delbert and Linda Benson, who later sold to Gary and Tina Bolyard and Dennis and Carol Peters. Today the papers are owned and printed by NCWV Media who publishes the Preston County Journal on Tuesday, and the Preston County
News on Friday.