The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
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.
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.
National Park, Forest, and Recreation Areas
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
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