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Wood County

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Wood County
Courthouse at Parkersburg, WV
Rural Wood County near Mineral Wells, WV

Formed in 1798 from Harrison County and named in honor of Virginia Governor James Wood (1796-1799), Wood is among the most populous counties on the Ohio River in West Virginia. Blennerhassett Island, a state park in the Ohio River near Parkersburg, WV, was the estate of Harmon Blennerhassett, a participant in Aaron Burr's conspiracy. The seat of Wood County, Parkersburg was an important petroleumbexport center before the Civil War and is one of the largest cities in the state.

County Seat: Parkersburg, WV
Population: 87,986 (2000 Census)
Wood County Profile

Lodging: Wood County Hotels

Airports: Map showing Wood County Airport
Schools: Wood County Library
Libraries: Parkersburg - Wood County Public Library

Cities and Towns

Blennerhassett, WV
Parkersburg, WV
Williamstown, WV

Smaller Communities

Volcano, WV

State Parks

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 54 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 38 (Degrees F) -- Low 22 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 84 (Degrees F) -- Low 65 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 2.59 inches -- July: 4.26 (inches) -- Annual: 41.5 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

25 - 30 inches

Wood County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Pleasants, Wood and Ritchie Counties