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from Berkeley County in 1801 and named for Thomas Jefferson, author of
the Declaration of Independence and third President of the United
county's courthouse was the site of the trial for the abolitionist John
Brown after his 1859 raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry.
Berkeley and Jefferson counties, both lying on the Potomac River east
of the mountains, and with the consent of the Reorganized government of
Virginia, voted in favor of annexation to West Virginia in 1863.
Virginia tried to nullify this decision after the American Civil War,
but the counties remained part of West Virginia.
In October 1896, Jefferson
became the first county in the United States to begin Rural Free
The county seat is Charles Town
from Jefferson's Rock
Picture by Jan Kronsell, 2004
Towns & Cities
* Corporation of Bolivar * City of Charles Town
* Corporation of Harpers Ferry
* Corporation of Ranson * Corporation of Shepherdstown
* Bakerton * Bardane * Blair * Bloomery * Blue Ridge Acres * Browns
Corner * Clips Mill * Duffields * Egypt * Engle
* Franklintown * Halltown * Jamestown * Johnsontown * Kabletown *
Kearneysville * Keyes Ferry Acres * Leetown * Mannings * Mechanicstown
* Mechlenberg Heights * Meyerstown * Middleway * Millville * Moler
Mountain Mission * Reedson * Rippon * Riverside * Shannondale *
* Silver Grove * Skeetersville * Summit Point * Uvilla * Wheatland
JEFFERSON COUNTY DATA
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