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Wirt County

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Wirt County
Replica oil derrick NE of Elizabeth, WV
Formed in 1848 from Wood and Jackson counties, Wirt was named for William Wirt, of Maryland, who gained fame as an author, orator, and lawyer in his adopted Virginia, of which the county was then part. Large areas of Wirt along the Little Kanawha River and its tributaries are in farmland.

County Seat: Elizabeth, WV
Population: 5,873 (2000 Census)
Wirt County Profile

Lodging: Wirt County Hotels

Schools: Wirt County Schools

Libraries: Dora B. Woodyard Memorial Libary

Cities and Towns

Elizabeth, WV
Burning Springs, WV


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 52 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 40 (Degrees F) -- Low 17 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 86 (Degrees F) -- Low 60 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 3.15 inches -- July: 4.84 (inches) -- Annual: 44.7 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

25 - 35 inches

Wirt County Weather Forecast


At Burning Springs Museum
Little Kanawha near Elizabeth
Mt. Solon Church near Sanoma
Pasture near Elizabeth

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Wirt, Roane and Calhoun Counties