Picture caption reads, "Summers County Court House was constructed in 1877. Summers County formed in 1871. Hinton was established in 1873, chartered in 1880. The C & O Railroad bought 65 acres of land from the heirs of Issac Ballengee and gave 3 acres to the new county to be used to build a courthouse. This picture appears to have ben taken late 1920's-early 1930's. Note trunks of trees are white washed--a common practice for many years."