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Taylor County

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Created in 1844 from parts of Harrison, Barbour and Marion Counties, and named for Senator John Taylor, (1750-1824), distinguished soldier and statesman of Carolina County, Virginia. The Tygart River flows northwest, dividing the coutny into almost equal parts. Its chief tributary is Three Forks Creek, rising in Preston County and emptying at Grafton. Pruntytown, originally in Harrison County, was the first county seat of Taylor County. It was first established under the name of Williamsport, the name later changed to Pruntytown. In the late-1880's, the county seat was moved to Grafton.

County Seat: Grafton, WV
Population: 16,089 (2000 Census)
Taylor County Profile

Lodging: Taylor County Hotels

Libraries: Taylor County Public Library



Cities and Towns

Grafton, WV
Flemington, WV

State Parks

Tygart Lake State Park


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 52 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 39 (Degrees F) -- Low 19 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 85 (Degrees F) -- Low 61 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 2.91 inches -- July: 4.06 (inches) -- Annual: 42.3 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

40 - 50 inches

Taylor County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Marion, Monongalia and Taylor Counties