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West Virginia County Map

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Barbour

Date of Formation: 1843

Named: In honor of Philip Pendleton Barbour, distinguished jurist of Virginia  

County Seat: Philippi

Available for Adoption

Berkeley

Date of Formation: 1772

Named: For Norborne Berkeley (Baron de Botetort), colonial governor of Virginia from 1768 to 1770.

County Seat: Martinsburg

Available for Adoption

Boone

Date of Formation: 1847

Named: For Daniel Boone, whose home was in the Kanawha Valley from 1789 to 1795.

County Seat: Madison

Available for Adoption

Braxton

Date of Formation: 1836

Named: For Carter Braxton, VA statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

County Seat: Sutton

Available for Adoption

Brooke

Date of Formation: 1797

Named: In honor of Robert Brooke, Governor of VA from 1794 to 1796.

County Seat: Wellsburg

Available for Adoption

Cabell

Date of Formation: 1809

Named: In honor of William H. Cabell, Governor of VA from 1805 to 1808.

County Seat: Huntington

Available for Adoption

Calhoun

Date of Formation: 1856

Named: For John C. Calhoun, eminent statesman of South Carolina.

County Seat: Grantsville

Available for Adoption

Clay

Date of Formation: 1858

Named: In honor of Henry Clay, Kentucky statesman.

County Seat: Clay

Available for Adoption

Doddridge

Date of Formation: 1845

Named: For Phillip Doddridge, a distinguished statesman of Western Virginian.

County Seat: West Union

Available for Adoption

Fayette

Date of Formation: 1831

Named: In honor of the Marquis de Lafayette.

County Seat: Fayetteville

Available for Adoption

Gilmer

Date of Formation: 1845

Named: For Thomas Walker Gilmer, Governor of Virginia from 1840-41, later a representative in Congress and Secretary of the Navy under Tyler.

County Seat: Glenville

Available for Adoption

Grant

Date of Formation: 1866

Named: For Ulysses S. Grant

County Seat: Petersburg

Available for Adoption

Greenbrier

Date of Formation: 1778

Named: For the principal river which drains the county.

County Seat: Lewisburg

Available for Adoption

Hampshire

Date of Formation: 1754

Named: For the English Shire of the same name.

County Seat: Romney

Available for Adoption

Hancock

Date of Formation: 1848

Named: For John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

County Seat: New Cumberland

Available for Adoption

Hardy

Date of Formation: 1786

Named: For Samuel Hardy, a distinguished Virginian.

County Seat: Moorefield

Available for Adoption

Harrison

Date of Formation: 1784

Named: For Benjamin Harrison, distinguished Virginian, who was the father of William Henry Harrison, 9th President, and the great-grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President.

County Seat: Clarksburg

Available for Adoption

Jackson

Date of Formation: 1831

Named: For Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States

County Seat: Ripley

Available for Adoption

Jefferson

Date of Formation: 1801

Named: For Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and 3rd President.

County Seat: Charles Town

Available for Adoption

Kanawha

Date of Formation: 1788

Named: For the Great Kanawha River, which itself was named after the Indian tribe which once resided there.

County Seat: Charleston

Available for Adoption

Lewis

Date of Formation: 1816

Named: For Colonel Charles Lewis, famous soldier and pioneer leader, killed at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774.

County Seat: Weston

Available for Adoption

Lincoln

Date of Formation: 1867

Named: In honor of Abraham Lincoln, 16th president

County Seat: Hamlin

Available for Adoption

Logan

Date of Formation: 1824

Named: For Logan, famous Indian chief of the Mingo tribe

County Seat: Logan

Available for Adoption

Marion

Date of Formation: 1842

Named: In honor of General Francis Marion of the Revolutionary War, known as the "Swamp Fox"

County Seat: Fairmont

Available for Adoption

Marshall

Date of Formation: 1835

Named: For Chief Justice John Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court.

County Seat: Moundsville

Available for Adoption

Mason

Date of Formation: 1804

Named: For George Mason, author of the Constitution of VA and a member of the convention which framed the U.S. Constitution.

County Seat: Point Pleasant

Available for Adoption

McDowell

Date of Formation: 1858

Named: In honor of James McDowell, Governor of Virginia, 1843-46.

County Seat: Welch

Available for Adoption

Mercer

Date of Formation: 1837

Named: in honor of Revolutionary War General Hugh Mercer

County Seat: Princeton

Available for Adoption

Mineral

Date of Formation: 1866

Named: For the mineral resources found there.

County Seat: Keyser

Available for Adoption

Mingo

Date of Formation: 1895

Named: For the Indian tribe of which Logan was chief.

County Seat: Williamson

Available for Adoption

Monongalia

Date of Formation: 1776

Named: For the Monongahela River

County Seat: Morgantown

Available for Adoption

Monroe

Date of Formation: 1799

Named: For James Monroe, 5th President

County Seat: Union

Available for Adoption

Morgan

Date of Formation: 1820

Named: In honor of General Daniel Morgan, Revolutionary War

County Seat: Berkeley Springs

Available for Adoption

Nicholas

Date of Formation: 1818

Named: For Wilson Cary Nicholas, Governor of Virginia, 1814-16

County Seat: Summersville

Available for Adoption

Ohio

Date of Formation: 1776

Named: For the Ohio River, Indian name meaning "great river"

County Seat: Wheeling

Available for Adoption

Pendleton

Date of Formation: 1788

Named: For Edmund Pendleton, distinguished statesman and jurist of Virginia

County Seat: Franklin

Available for Adoption

Pleasants

Date of Formation: 1851

Named: For James Pleasants, Jr., Senator from VA, and VA Governor, 1822-1825

County Seat: St. Marys

Available for Adoption

Pocahontas

Date of Formation: 1821

Named: For Pocahontas, the Indian princess

County Seat: Marlinton

Available for Adoption

Preston

Date of Formation: 1818

Named: In honor of James Patton Preston, Governor of VA, 1816-1819

County Seat: Kingwood

Available for Adoption

Putnam

Date of Formation: 1848

Named: In honor of General Israel Putnam, New England soldier and patriot

County Seat: Winfield

Available for Adoption

Raleigh

Date of Formation: 1850

Named: For Sir Walter Raleigh, English adventurer and soldier

County Seat: Beckley

Available for Adoption

Randolph

Date of Formation: 1787

Named: For Edmund Jennings Randolph, Governor of VA, 1786-1788

County Seat: Elkins

Available for Adoption

Ritchie

Date of Formation: 1843

Named: In honor of Thomas Ritchie, a distinguished journalist of Richmond, VA, whose uncle was Judge Spencer Roane, for whom Roane County was named

County Seat: Harrisville

Available for Adoption

Roane

Date of Formation: 1856

Named: In honor of Judge Spencer Roane, distinguished judge of the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, and son-in-law of Patrick Henry

County Seat: Spencer

Available for Adoption

Summers

Date of Formation: 1871

Named: In honor of George W. Summers, a prominent jurist of Kanawha County

County Seat: Hinton

Available for Adoption

Taylor

Date of Formation: 1844

Named: For Senator John Taylor (1750-1824), distinguished soldier and statesman of Virginia

County Seat: Grafton

Available for Adoption

Tucker

Date of Formation: 1856

Named: For Henry S. George Tucker (1780-1848), an eminent jurist and statesman of Virginia

County Seat: Parsons

Available for Adoption

Tyler

Date of Formation: 1814

Named: In honor of John Tyler, 8th Governor of Virginia and father of John Tyler, 10th President

County Seat: Middlebourne

County Host

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Upshur

Date of Formation: 1851

Named: For Abel Parker Upshur, distinguished statesman and jurist of Virginia

County Seat: Buckhannon

Available for Adoption

Wayne

Date of Formation: 1842

Named: In honor of General Anthony Wayne, Revolutionary War hero

County Seat: Wayne

Available for Adoption

Webster

Date of Formation: 1860

Named: In honor of Daniel Webster, New England orator and statesman

County Seat: Webster Springs

Available for Adoption

Wetzel

Date of Formation: 1846

Named: For Lewis Wetzel, famous frontier character and Indian fighter

County Seat: New Martinsville

Available for Adoption

Wirt

Date of Formation: 1848

Named: For William Wirt of Maryland, who gained fame as an author, orator and lawyer in his adopted state of Virginia

County Seat: Elizabeth

Available for Adoption

Wood

Date of Formation: 1798

Named: In honor of James Wood, Governor of Virginia, 1796-1799

County Seat: Parkersburg

Available for Adoption

Wyoming

Date of Formation: 1850

Named: For the Delaware Indian word meaning "large plains"

County Seat: Pineville

Available for Adoption


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