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Jefferson County was formed from Berkeley County in 1801 and named for Thomas Jefferson,
author of the Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States.
The 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 Delivery service.
The county seat is Charles Town
View from Jefferson's Rock
Picture by Jan Kronsell, 2004
Incorporated 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 Crossroads * Mountain Mission * Reedson
* Rippon * Riverside * Shannondale * Shenandoah Junction
* Silver Grove * Skeetersville * Summit Point * Uvilla * Wheatland
Jefferson County Online Data
Apr 2013: crime news re: WEST and SMITH
Dec 2012: Marriages: Craighill/Lucas, Douglass/Sappington, Gordon/Opie,
Riddle/Opie, Tutwiler/Geyer, Wallace/Hurst, White/Mackey, Thomas J. Bragg Obituary, News_ Miscellaneous,
WW2 Honor List, Richard Bowen Obituary, Mary Engle Obituary, Peter Lyon Obituary, Frank Nichols Obituaey, Christian
Marie Washington Obituary, Howell - Jenny Marriage, Legger - Reynolds Marriage, Shirley - Mayres Marriage, Mendenhall
- Fanney Marriage, Farnsworth - Isler Marriage
Ludwell Meade Obituary
Aug 2012: Charles
Mortimer Bishop Biography
Jun 2012: Grace
- Freeman Marriage
Feb 2012: Judge
Daniel B. Lucas LL. D. Biography
Jan 2012: Henry
Bedinger Biography; Alexander R. Boteler Biography; Judge Thomas C. Green Biography
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