By Tina Alvey
With a ceremonial bell-ringing honoring West Virginia’s 150th birthday right around the corner, the Greenbrier County Commission convened an emergency session via conference call Wednesday and awarded the contract for the restoration of the cupola atop the courthouse.
Morgantown-based Allegheny Restoration and Builders, Inc., submitted the winning proposal, coming in below estimate with a bid of $72,400.
The wooden cupola which houses the courthouse’s venerable bell is a weather-beaten eyesore, but commissioners believe it can be restored to its original glory in time for the sesquicentennial observances on West Virginia Day, June 20.
Part of the funding for the restoration project came from the West Virginia Development Office, while the balance was raised in donations, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Coy Flowers and Brianne Jackson, former executive director of the Greenbrier Historical Society.
The Greenbrier County Courthouse is the oldest “working” courthouse in the state. The central portion of the structure was completed in 1837.