Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fayette County Courthouse in West Union

Fayette County was named for Marquis de Lafayette, a French general and statesman who helped the American Colonies in the Revolutionary War.

Fayette County’s first courthouse was a two-story brick and stone building constructed in 1857. It burned in 1872 when a prisoner set fire to the building during his escape.

The second brick courthouse was built in 1874, with several additions over the years. It burned in 1922.

Fayette County’s current courthouse is a Beaux Arts design by J. G. Ralston. Completed in 1923, the three-story structure was built with gray Bedford stone and features a solid bronze entrance. The Fayette County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Visit the Fayette County web site for more information.

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