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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
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

Unincorporated Communities
* 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

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Website Updates:
Mar 2014:  Marriage Announcements for LOCK - SHOWMAN; AVES - MCKEE; GLANEGAN - GRIGGS; DURR - MARTIN; RICKSTIME - HESSEY; KERR - BUCKLES; obits for PALMER, MOLER, CASTLEBERG, WELCH, RIPPON, SPOTTS, ENGLE; 1883 pensioners
Nov 2013:  
BEDINGER obit; Story about James Rumsey building the first steamboat in Shepherdstown (under "history")
July 2013:
CHEW, CLEMENTS bios; BRACKETT obit; MARTIN-POFFENBERGER marriage announcement
Apr 2013:
crime news re: WEST and SMITH

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