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Barbour County

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Formed in 1832 from parts of Randolph, Harrison and Lewis counties, Barbour County was named in honor of Philip Pendleton Barbour, a distinguished jurist of Virginia. The county was the scene of the Battle of Philippi in 1861, first land battle between the armies of the Union and Confederacy. The original county seat was at or near the ferry of Thomas M. Hite on the farm later occupied by William F. Wilson.

County Seat: Philippi, WV

Lodging: Barbour County Hotels

Cities and Towns

Belington, WV
Junior, WV
Philippi, WV


Barbour County Schools

Institutes, Colleges and Universities

Alderson Broaddus College

State Parks

Audra State Park

Historic Sites & Districts

Carrollton Covered Bridge
Philippi Historic District
Philippi Covered Bridge

Barbour County
Barbour County Courthouse at Philippi, WV

Population: 15,557
(2000 Census)
Barbour County Profile


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 50 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 38 (Degrees F) -- Low 17 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 82 (Degrees F) -- Low 58 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 3.45 inches -- July: 5.03 (inches) -- Annual: 48.6 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

40-75 inches

Barbour County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Barbour and Upshur Counties and Western Portion of Randolph County