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Beckley Courthouse Square Historic District

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In Beckley, WV, the Beckley Courthouse Square National Historic District protects the City of Beckley's governmental centers, including its county and federal courthouses and its original commercial center. It includes the Raleigh County Courthouse and adjacent commercial, governmental, and ecclesiastical buildings along Main, Prince, Heber, Fayette, Neville, and Kanawha streets and several adjacent avenues. Until the 1930s, Beckley was practically contained within the limits of the present historic district.

The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Historical highlights include the Art Deco Raleigh County Courthouse, the former Federal Courthouse designed by Alex B. Mahood, and a monument to John Beckley, Virginia statesman and father of General Alfred Beckley, founder of Beckleyville, Va., in 1838.