Welcome to the Barbour County Courthouse in Phillipi, West Virginia. They call this architectural style Richardsonian Romanesque. This was a new one for me so I had to look it up. It uses 11th and 12th century southern French, Spanish and Italian Romanesque characteristics.
It was built at the turn of the twentieth century and prominently occupies the center of town. This courthouse looks heavy and imposing, like a fortress, and it is impressive. The brownstone was quarried near Hummelstown, Pennsylvania and was shipped here by railroad. I can’t fathom how much effort was involved to do this in 1903.
My trips to Phillipi have been limited to weekends so I haven’t been inside but I’m kind of dying to do that. They performed a restoration project back in 1995 and evidently did a nice job repairing the stained glass interior dome.
Happiness is seeing a grand old building hold its own among the new. You see it a lot in cities like Columbus, Ohio where progress has mostly paved over history but a few old structures refuse to budge.
For example, downtown Columbus has a number of old churches. Here you see the Broad Street United Methodist Church living in the shadow of Encova, a boring monstrosity like so many others in our modern cities.
The church dates to 1875 and is positively gorgeous. Want to see inside? They offer a virtual tour online. Click here for that.
Maybe it’s silly but I always root for the underdog, value the historic and enjoy their successes almost as much as I would my own.
At first glance. I thought it was a church or perhaps an old school. On closer inspection, it’s actually the town hall.
Whatever it is, it’s a nice focal point in Lewisville, Ohio, a town of just over 200 residents. I caught a glimpse one fine summer day in 2020 when in I took a scenic drive through the Wayne National Forest.
Remember, fellow adventurers, sometimes you just need to hop in the car and go for a drive down a road you do not know. Find some lunch or a great milkshake and just go see what’s out there. Trust me. You’ll love it.
This Methodist Church in Boyce, Virginia was so charming I had to stop for a picture. Old churches always catch my eye but this one seemed special for the details in the windows and steeple. I like how shapes are repeated throughout the design without seeming at all fussy.
Boyce isn’t far from Winchester and that area is brimming with history, old barns, churches and other interesting landmarks. It’s close to Shenandoah National Park as well. There is plenty to do and I have written a lot about this area in case you’re looking for a getaway this spring.
In addition to the tour guide quality attractions, there’s plenty of off the beaten path stuff to see along the way.