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Preston County

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Preston County
Preston County off US-50 south of Aurora, WV
Cathedral State Park near Terra Alta, WV

Preston County was formed in 1818 from Monongalia County and named in honor of James Patton Preston, Governor of Virginia 1816-1819. Preston County's high altitude (roughly 3,000 feet above sea level) contributes to an ideal climate for the production of buckwheat. The county has long been a leader in buckwheat production statewide, and the central county is sometimes referred to as the West Virginia "Buckwheat Belt."

County Seat: Kingwood, WV

Population: 29,334 (2000 Census)

Preston County Profile

Lodging: Preston County Hotels

Weather: Preston County, WV

Cities and Towns

Albright, WV
Arthurdale, WV
Kingwood, WV
Masontown, WV
Newburg, WV
Reedsville, WV
Rowlesburg, WV
Terra Alta, WV
Tunnelton, WV

State Parks

Cathedral State Park
Fairfax Stone State Park


Preston County, West Virginia (WV)

Temperature Mean Annual Average: 48 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 35 (Degrees F) -- Low 16 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 80 (Degrees F) -- Low 57 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 3.28 inches -- July: 4.96 (inches) -- Annual: 46.6 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

50 - 130 inches

Other Sources of Information


A History of Preston County, West Virginia, published in 1914

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Preston County