BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - The Morgan County Courthouse that was destroyed by fire Tuesday was the third courthouse built since the county was established in 1820, according to the Walking Tour of Berkeley Springs brochure, written by Jeanne Mozier.
The brochure describes the building as a "neo-classic of light colored pressed brick, rustic sandstone trimming and Ionic capitals on pilasters." It opened with its clock tower in September 1908, and an addition was constructed in 1923.
The previous courthouse was built on the same site in 1845, after the one at Wilkes and Fairfax streets was destroyed by fire in 1844, according to the brochure.
Maria Spencer, owner of The Bath House on Fairfax Street, said tourists will not be affected by the loss of the courthouse.