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Hillsboro, West Virginia

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Hillsboro, West Virginia (WV), a community in southern Pocahontas County, was established in 1843, but not incorporated until 1886. Hillsboro was named for John Hill, who was instrumental in having the town laid out. Here General W.W. Averell camped in 1863 before the Battle of Droop Mountain, and after his raid on Salem, Virginia. Settlements were made in the vicinity in the 1760s by John McNeel and the Kennisons, for which nearby Kennison Mountain, one of West Virginia's highest mountains, was named.

Hillsboro was the first incorporated town in Pocahontas County, and is located in the Little Levels, a broad, level plain west of the Greenbrier River. The region is among the finest limestone farming areas in West Virginia and is a popular retirement and second-home area. Many scenic farms extend outward from the town, across the levels, and into the surrounding mountains of the Monongahela National Forest. Hillsboro and several businesses appealing to tourists therein is a popular stop on scenic U.S. 219 (US-219) between Snowshoe Resort and Interstate 64 (I-64) at Lewisburg, WV. Many tourists visit its restaurants, country markets, and the Pearl S. Buck Museum.

Hillsboro may best be known as the birthplace of author Pearl S. Buck, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with her novel The Good Earth in 1932. Beartown State Park and historical Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park are located about seven miles south of the town along U.S. 219 near Lewisburg. On the Watoga State Park and the Greenbrier River Trail are also located near the town and help bolster its growing tourism economy.

Weather: Hillsboro, WV

Lodging: Hillsboro, WV Hotels

Schools: Pocahontas County Schools

Libraries: Pocahontas County Free Libraries -- Hillsboro Public Library