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Monroe County

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Monroe County

Created from Greenbrier County in 1799, and named for James Monroe, fifth President of the United States. Monroe County was visited by white "explorers" as early as 1760. John Alderson and William Morris visited the county about 1777, and Christian Peters came to the area of present-day Peterstown in 1783.

County Seat: : Union, WV
Population: 14,583 (2000 Census)
Monroe County Profile

Lodging: Monroe County Hotels

Cities and Towns

Alderson, WV
Peterstown, WV
Red Sulphur Springs, WV
Salt Sulphur Springs, WV
Sweet Springs, WV
Union, WV

Points of Interest

Indian Creek Covered Bridge
Old Sweet Springs


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 52 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 41 (Degrees F) -- Low 20 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 83 (Degrees F) -- Low 58 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 2.26 inches -- July: 3.84 (inches) -- Annual: 35.7 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

25 - 35 inches

Monroe County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


A History of Monroe County, West Virginia, published 1916

A History of Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory, published 1906

West Virginia Geological Survey: Mercer, Monroe, and Summers Counties