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MARLINTON is spelled without a "G".

There is no "G" in MARLINTON !


In 1749 Jacob Marlin and Stephen Sewell came from Frederick County and built a cabin between Marlin Run and Knapps Creek, near the mouth of the Greenbrier River.

This makes Marlinton the first English settlement West of the Alleghenies.

Marlinton was originally called Marlins and Marlin's Bottom until December 13, 1886.

~ Pocahontas County Historical Society, Inc., History Of Pocahontas County, West Virginia 1981, (Third Printing 1997).

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Marlinton in Pocahontas County has the distinction of having the highest average elevation of any county seat east of the Mississippi River.

Pocahontas County was created by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on December 21, 1821 from parts of Bath, Pendleton, and Randolph counties.

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June 20, 1863 is the day West Virginia became the 35th State in the Union.

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Link to Places Named Pocahontas

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About Pocahontas County, West Virginia

Pocahontas County Today

Pocahontas County Yesterday

Links to Neighboring Counties

Timeline of County Formation

Pocahontas County Today

Travel Guide To Pocahontas Co.


West Virginia Wild & Wonderful
, Official West Virginia Tourism Web Site.

Mountain Times, Serving SnowShoe Mountain, Slaty Fork, Green Bank and Cass. "News You Can Resort To" from The Pocahontas Times

Pocahontas County Events Calendar, Pocahontas County Tourism Commission

• Butterflys of Pocahontas County - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
• Cancer in Pocahontas County, WV, WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources
• Cass Scenic Railroad Park
• Cass Scenic Railroad, Pocahontas Times May 30, 1968 - WV Division Of Culture And History
• Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC Camps) - in West Virginia
• Court TV Casefiles - West Virginia v. Beard (8/97) -and- Enquirer.com - "Franklin's confession frees man"
• Dunmore, West Virginia Square Dances
• Environmental Protection Agency - Pocahontas Co. Map
• Focus: A Trip Up US 219 In WV - Suite101.com
• Geographic Names Information System - search for Feature Class: Airports, Dams, Gaps, Locales, Populated places, and much much more (make sure you enter the County & State & Feature Class)
• Great Greenbrier River Race - www.iplayoutside.com
• Greenbrier River Trail - 80 Miles of Family Fun
• Highland Scenic Highway - National Scenic Byways Program
• Humane Society of Pocahontas Co.
• Marlinton Business Association (MBA)
• Marlinton Lions Club
• Marlinton, Neighborhood Profile - Sperling's Best Places
• Marlinton Rescue Squad
• Marlinton Volunteer Fire Department
• Marlinton - West Virginia Web, The county seat of Pocahontas County
• Missouri State Census Data Center - 1990 Extract Report of Pocahontas County Census
• Monongahela National Forrest - Why does it have that name?
• Moths of Pocahontas County - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
• Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association - features Cass Scenic RR in Pocahontas County
• National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
• National Register of Historic Places - Pocahontas County
• Photos from Poor Farm Caves, Pocahontas Co.
• Pocahontas County Arts Council, Inc.
• Pocahontas County, Railroad Station Historical Society, Inc.
• Pocahontas County Highschool Library Media Center
• Pocahontas County Local Business Directory - Pocahontas Development Authority
• Pocahontas County Opera House
• Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation
• Pocahontas County Schools
• Pocahontas County Sewage Plant Plan & The Sharp Family. 8 Generations. Our Way of Life. Our Livlihood. Our Farm. To be Taken by EMINENT DOMAIN. Additional keywords: Big Spring of Elk - Slatyfork - Scenic Highway - 219 - Elk River
• Pocahontas Promenaders Square Dance Club
• Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, Endangered Sites - Cass Historic District and Historic Bridges
• Signs & Sights of Pocahontas County
• Summits of West Virginia - America's Roof
• The Family Refuge Center
• The Pocahontas Times --> Local newspaper based in the county seat city of Marlinton. A new edition every Thursday.

"Published since 1883. Publishers: James Buchanan Canfield & Hezekiah B. Marshall, 1883-1884; Canfield, 1884-1888; C. Forrest Moore & Samuel B. Loury, 1888-1889; John E. Campbell, 1889-1892; Rev. William T. Price, Andrew Price & Dr. James W. Price, 1892-1906; Calvin Price, 1906-1957; Mabel M. Price, 1957-1960; Jane Ice Sharp, 1960-1981; Pocahontas Times, Inc., 1981" – source The Library of Virginia
• U.S. Census Bureau - Pocahontas Co.
• U.S. Geological Survey - Greenbrier River at Buckeye, river flow stats
• West Virginia Colored Tuberculosis Sanitarium at Denmar - WV Division Of Culture And History
• West Virginia Crop and Livestock Report - West Virginia Agricultural Statistics Service
• West Virginia Extension Service - 1996 Shepherds Survey
• West Virginia Ghost Stories - has Droop Mountain Battlefield
• West Virginia Highlands Conservancy. Web page for the Hikers, Backpackers and Ski-Tourers who make use of the Monongahela National Forest - Hiking Guide
• West Virginia Highway Ends - Includes Pocahontas County highways
• West Virginia History, Virginia Frontier Defenses 1719-1795 - WV Division Of Culture and History. Includes: Clover Lick's Warwick's Fort, Edray's Drennan Fort, Dunmore's Dunmore Fort, Marlinton's "Green Bryer" Fort (Greenbrier), Millpoint's Keckley (Cackley) Fort also known as Fort Day, Price's Old Fort, and Keekley Fort, Warwick Fort at forks of Deer Creek near Green Bank
• West Virginia Land Trust - Protecting the lands that give West Virginia its distinctive character.
• West Virginia Sex Offender Registry Search - you can select just the County, without entering a name
• West Virginia Web - WVWeb's Pocahontas County Guide to Travel

Pocahontas County Yesterday (& related counties)

Click here to see what happened on this day in West Virginia History...

• A West Virginia Chronology a listing of events in WV history
• Arbovale Post Office, The History of - list of Postmasters from 1899 to 1998
• Boundaries of West Virginia, The West Virginia Review October, 1935 - WV Division Of Culture And History
• Cal Price and The Pocahontas Times
• Cass, History of - Marshall University. Audio & transcripted interviews (some with pictures) with people that were involved with timbering operations in Pocahontas Co. Included are: William M. Buckley, Odey N. Cassell, Charlie Cromer, John L. Coyner, R. Bruce Crickard, Marvin R. Dunbrack, Emmett G. Galford, Sherman Hammon, Howard Hevener, Cecil C. Houchin, Wayne B. Jackson, Richard McCarty, Emerson & Carmen Sharp, Forrest Hunter Taylor, Fred C. Burns, James L. Davis, Farris Hamed, Richard I. McNeel, Mr. Matheny, Jesse Beard Powell, Charles Richardson, Howard Shinaberry, Virginia Slaven, Kerth Snyder, Mayor Rexrode, and more...
• Cass in Two Nutshells, by Philip Bagdon. A Brief History of Cass. The Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association.
• Cass Scenic Railroad. Festival Opens Today, The Inter-Mountain June 17, 1988 - WV Division Of Culture And History
• Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. A Brief History Cass. ACE Adventure Center.
• Droop Mountain Battlefield Dedication as a State Park -and- Dedication of Droop Mountain Battfield State Park - WV Archives & History
• Early Education in WV (has Pocahontas Co)
• Exploration & Early Settlements in West Virginia, Myers' History of West Virginia
• Flood of 1985, 8 Counties Declared Disaster Area - WV Division Of Culture And History
• History of Knapp's Creek Community, written by Enid Harper in 1924- WebRoots.org
• History of Pocahontas County, Pocahontas Co. Economic Development
• History Of Minnehaha Springs Community - WV Division Of Culture And History. Surnames: Ruckman, Lockridge, Cleek, Harper, Seybert, Alderman, Rimel, Sharp, Dever, Shinaberry, Hiveley, White, McElwee, Driscol, Pritchard, Moore, Rexrode, McLaughlin, Ervine, Friel, and more.
• Location of Pocahontas Co. Schools, Okey L. King
• Logging the Virgin Forests of West Virginia, The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
• Midwifery in West Virginia - WV Division of Culture and History

• Onoto, Pocahontas County. According to the book "History of Pocahontas County West Virginia 1981", by the Pocahontas County Historical Society, page 14, the town of Onoto was named for a Japanese lady poet, Onoto Wantano [sic]. It should be spelled Watanna. Here is some background on the poet Onoto.

• Potomac Highlands West Virginia History, WVExplorer (includes Pocahontas Co.)
• Schools of Pocahontas Co., Photographs of - WV Division Of Culture And History
• Virginia Frontier Defenses 1719-1795 - WV Division Of Culture And History. Forts: Clover Lick, Drennan, Dunmore, Keckley, Warwick.
• Virginia Historical Counties
• Virginia Marriage Records 1740 to 1850, Tina's Family Genealogy Page
• West Virginia Archives and History - History Of Knapp's Creek Community (consisting of "The Hills", Frost, Knapp's Creek, and Minnehaha neighborhoods) Written by Enid Harper in 1924.
• West Virginia Archives and History - History 0f Minnehaha Springs Community (consisting of Douthard's Creek, Cochran's Creek, and about five miles of the Knapp's Creek Valley)

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Shortcuts to USGenWeb Neighboring Counties

Pocahontas County, WV

linkMap of West Virginia Counties (U.S. Census Bureau)

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Timeline of County Formations

Boundaries of West Virginia, The West Virginia Review October, 1935 - WV Division Of Culture And History


Pocahontas County was created by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on December 21, 1821 from parts of Bath, Pendleton, and Randolph counties.

•1738 - Augusta County, Virginia formed from Orange County

•1769 - Botetourt County, Virginia formed from Augusta and Rockbridge counties. Rockbridge County gave only small portions at later dates (1821-1888)

•1778 - Greenbrier County, West Virginia formed from Botetourt, Montgomery, Monroe, and Fayette counties

•1778 - Rockbridge County, Virginia formed from Augusta and Botetourt counties

•1786 - Randolph County, West Virginia formed from Harrison County, Virginia

•1787 - Pendleton County, West Virginia formed from Augusta, Hardy, Rockingham, and Bath counties

•1790 - Bath County, Virginia formed from Augusta, Botetourt, and Greenbrier counties

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