Local landmark changes hands


A love of history and flipping properties have a local couple who recently got married restoring a historic building in West Union.

Joe and Courtnee Brumley, self-proclaimed history buffs and real estate investors recently acquired the

old Adams County Jail located on the courthouse square.

According to the couple, the Adams County Jail was erected in 1895, and the front portion housed Sheriff Marion Dunlap and his family as well as the next nineteen Adams County Sheriffs and their families up until the new jail was built in the mid-70s.

“Like most Adams Countians, we passed this property daily without recognizing its profound stature. When the former owner put it up for sale or lease, I was in his office almost daily getting the keys to show it to myself all over again. It took some convincing to get my wife to agree to check it out because we are knee deep in other projects, but after seeing it, her eyes lit up, and we began brainstorming ideas to bring it back to life. We dove in headfirst, and have literally worked on the building every day since, uncovering some amazing original hardwood floors and exposing some gorgeous well-preserved brick wall”

The couple’s goal of showcasing the history does not stops at the walls and floors, but also the name. The couple plans on keeping the building’s name “The Precinct.”

 “Our ultimate goal is to keep the history alive and showcase our county’s history throughout the building for future generations,” said Joe Brumley.

“We are going to have our real estate offices up front, have one large office leased to a local attorney upstairs, and we have plans to incorporate a coffee shop on the first floor. We also have designated a large, cozy room in the front of the building for a conference room available for all tenants and anyone needing a place to host a meeting on the square”

In addition, the couple plans bring to a coffee shop to West Union.

“The consensus is that West Union wants a coffee shop. We’ve had dozens of people inquire about opening one in our facility, and as soon as we can change the use legally for a large portion in the back of the first floor, we will finalize a deal. We encourage coffee connoisseurs and entrepreneurs to reach out to us if interested, as we desire to build a cohesive environment for business professionals and facilitate a quiet place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the convenient walking distance,” said Brumley.

The building was sold by the Adams County Commissioners were told by the state of Ohio that the building was not up to current code to meet government building requirements.  It was sold to a local real estate developer in 2010 and has housed several businesses since.  At the time the building was sold, the Adams County Historical Society attempted to raise the necessary funds to purchase it and often highlighted the historic weather vane on top of the building.

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