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Mason County

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Mason County
Crops thrive along Ohio River in western Mason County
Map showing Mason County
Farmstead near Apple Grove

Formed in 1804 from the western portion of Kanawha County and named for George Mason, author of the Constitution of Virginia and a member of the convention that framed the Constitution of the United States. Bordering either side of the Kanawha River near its junction with the Ohio River, the county includes some of the most level lands in the state. Its economy is largely agricultural. Residential development associated with nearby metropolitan areas of Charleston, to the southeast, and Huntington, to the southwest, are contributing to economic growth. Tourism associated with the Ohio and Kanawha rivers are contributing to its economy.

County Seat: Point Pleasant, WV
Population: 25,957 (2000 Census)
Mason County Profile

Lodging: Mason County Hotels

Cities and Towns

Hartford, WV: residential community on the Ohio River on U.S. 33
Leon, WV: residential community along Kanawha River on W.Va. 62
Mason, WV: residential community on the Ohio River on U.S. 33 opposite Pomeroy, Ohio
New Haven, WV: residential community on the Ohio River residential community on the Ohio River on U.S. 33 at bridge over the Ohio River
Point Pleasant, WV: county seat and largest city, at the confluence of the Ohio River and Kanawha River, service center for county, on U.S. 33 and U.S. 35 at bridge over the Ohio River

State Parks

Tu-Endie-Wei State Park

National Parklands

Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife Management Areas

Chief Cornstalk WMA


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 53 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 40 (Degrees F) -- Low 19 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 86 (Degrees F) -- Low 62 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 2.63 inches -- July: 4.40 (inches) -- Annual: 40.3 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

20 - 25 inches

Mason County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Jackson, Mason and Putnam Counties