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Nicholas County

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Nicholas County
Victorian B&B on Webster Road in Summersville, WV
Winter on Williams River near Cowen, WV
Map showing Nicholas County

Nicholas County was formed in 1818 from parts of Kanawha, Greenbrier and Randolph counties and was named for Wilson Cary Nicholas, governor of Virginia from 1814 until 1816. Much of the county is forested (particularly in the Allegheny Mountains in the east) and is bounded and traversed by several important rivers, which descend westward from the Alleghenies -- the Birch, Meadow, Cherry, Gauley, Williams, and Cranberry.

County Seat: Summersville, WV
Population: 26,562 (2000 Census)
Nicholas County Profile

Lodging: Nicholas County Hotels

Schools: Nicholas County Schools

Cities and Towns

Though largely rural, Nicholas has incorporated two communities as cities. Richwood, in the east, developed around the lumber mills of the Allegheny Mountains. Summersville, in the central county, remained a small courthouse town until the 1970s when the U.S. Route 19 expressway was completed through the tablelands to the east of the town.

Summersville, WV
Richwood, WV

State Parks

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

National Park, Forest, and Recreation Areas

Monongahela National Forest
Gauley River National Recreation Area


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 51 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 41 (Degrees F) -- Low 19 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 81 (Degrees F) -- Low 58 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 3.26 inches -- July: 5.53 (inches) -- Annual: 48.8 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

45 - 80 inches

Nicholas County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Nicholas County