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Friendly, West Virginia

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The scene of one of the best-known novels in Appalachian literature, this rural community along the Ohio River in Tyler County was incorporated in 1898 and was named in honor of Friend Cochrane Williamson, grandson of Thomas Williamson, one of the area's first European settlers. Friendly is located along the river opposite New Matamaros, OH, and a ferry once operated between the communities. Friendly is the setting of "Shiloh" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, a story of a boy and a stray dog. The novel won the 1992 Newbery Medal.

Population: 159

Elevation: 640 feet

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