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Roane County

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Roane County
Rural Roane County off US-33 west of Spencer, WV
Farmhouse in Roane County near Looneyville, WV

Created in 1856 from parts of Kanawha, Jackson and Gilmer counties, Roane was named in honor of Judge Spencer Roane, a distinguished judge of the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, whose wife Anne, was the daughter of Patrick Henry. Though largely rural, much of Roane is less than an hour's drive northwest of the Charleston, WV, metropolitan area. I-79 courses through the southern county.

County Seat: Spencer, WV
Population: 15,446 (2000 Census)
Roane County Profile

Lodging: Roane County Hotels

Schools: Roane County Schools
Libraries: Roane County Public Library

Cities and Towns

Looneyville, WV
Reedy, WV
Spencer, WV

Wildlife Management Areas

Wallback WMA


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 53 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 40 (Degrees F) -- Low 18 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 85 (Degrees F) -- Low 61 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 3.03 inches -- July: 4.83 (inches) -- Annual: 43.2 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

25 - 35 inches

Roane County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Wirt, Roane and Calhoun Counties