Local Landmarks of West Union
The buildings located on this tour show the history of West Union from its foundation to now. All of the buildings have unique history that all mesh with each other.
The Doddridge County Courthouse can be found in the county's seat of West Union, West Virginia. It was created and designed by J. Charles Fulton, who also designed courthouses in Barbour and Randolph Counties. The structure is known for having a Victorian Romanesque style, which was very popular of the last nineteenth century. The previous courthouse was destroyed by a fire 1898/
Built from the bricks of the Doddridge County Courthouse that burnt down in 1898, the Silas P. Smith Opera house was created in 1900. Silas P. Smith was a staple in the town. He served as postmaster, mayor and publisher of the local newspaper and as you would expect, he was very influential in the town. Once the building was built, it was adorned with large bay windows and arches the building shows the architecture of the time. When opened, the opera house was a prominent in West Union. Acts would come in and out bringing with them tourism to the small town. Several decades later, the house was bought by the town and turned into the Doddridge County Public Library in 1965. Since 2015, due to the relocation of the county library, the building has been used as office buildings while the Doddridge County Courthouse gets a renovation.
The Doddridge County Historical Society and the Doddridge County museum are both house in the old repurposed Doddridge County Jail. This is a small county museum that showcases artifacts and documents ranging from before Civil War and forward. Doddridge County was the home of J.H. Diss DeBar, the designer of the West Virginia state flag, and a few of his sketches are on display in the museum. A main focus of the Doddridge County Historical Society is genealogy, and they are located in the family history portion of the museum.
Built in 1905 and still standing in the town of West Union today as an attorney building, the W. Scott Stuart house shows an architectural trend that swept the United States in the 1900s. This trend was initiated by a well-known architect named A.J. Downing. The Stuart house, named after the family who lived there for many years, features two very prominent towers on either side as well as a large wrap around porch. This house faces northwest and looks over the downtown portion of West Union casting a shadow of past and present over it.
Still standing where it was built in 1877, the Charter House stands proud next to many other historical buildings found in the small town of West Union, WV. Since its construction, it has been unaltered from its original Italianate style. It boasts a unique T-shaped floor plan that was enjoyed greatly by Dr. Lathrop Russell Charter and his family who lived in the house for many years and give it its namesake.
Located in front of the Doddridge County Court House, in West Union, WV, stands a memorial, hand made in part, to all those persons who have served in the wars of the United States and were from the county of Doddridge, WV.