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We invite you to experience the beauty, history, and attractions of Preston County as you stroll through one of our small towns, drive down a tree-lined country lane, or take a vigorous hike high atop one of our Allegheny peaks. Settled in the 18th Century, the rugged land has yielded to farming, mining, and timbering yet remains one of the most beautiful areas of West Virginia. The settling of a new frontier and the early growth of our county is reflected by structures ranging from the Old Stone Tavern in Aurora to the Civil War era architecture of Kingwood to the New Deal community of Arthurdale. Grist mills, (some still operating and producing our famous buckwheat flour), and maple sugar camps link the present day Preston County to its past while the Preston County Historical Society's History House in Terra Alta chronicles the region's history in displays of historical artifacts.

A visit to Preston County reveals unique natural attractions and outstanding opportunities for activities in our parks and recreational facilities. Our forested land includes the northern tip of the great Monongahela National Forest and our state parks contain protected stands of virgin timber. The ecology of Cranesville Swamp features sub-arctic flora & fauna. The wild, untamed Cheat River flows unrestricted through the middle of the county and the rolling, verdant farmlands unfold in the picturesque landscape we call home. Preston County offers glorious fall colors, abundant snow, and cool summer days to help you enjoy some of the best whitewater rafting, hiking, cross-country skiing, biking, golfing, hunting, and fishing in the region.

Beginning with a series of "ramp feeds" in early spring and following through the fall Buckwheat Festival, the rural communities and small towns of Preston County present the foods and crafts of Appalachia in a series of fairs & festivals that dot the calendar. The Heritage Days celebration in Kingwood, Cheat River Festival in Albright, Valley District Fair in Reedsville, New Deal Festival in Arthurdale, Terra Alta Fourth of July Celebration, and the Mt. Grove Potato Festival are just a few of the many other activities that bring us together with the numerous visitors to our county. Local communities and churches have their own activities which are not on the same scale as the fairs and festivals, but still provide relaxation, food, and fellowship.

Preston County's many businesses and houses of worship welcome your patronage and presence. You will find lodging and dining available throughout the county in historic inns, contemporary facilities, and campsites. Our numerous antique & craft shops are open to serve you.

Since Preston County was settled in the late 18th century, (even though it was a part of Monongalia County, VA at the time) we have many families living here today who have ancestors who participated in the Revolutionary War. Our area abounds with rich genealogical history. Many reunions are held in our numerous parks, fire halls, church basements, and in the great outdoors.

Find out what is happening with Preston County 4-H by visiting the Preston County Extension Office's page. Learn about the CEOs, Cooking with Diabetes, and the Nutrition Outreach Program. 

Is Politics your interest? We have what you need. Find out who represents your interests and how to reach them. Discover the wealth of information you can find in the County Clerk's office. Find out just exactly what the County Assessor does. Find out what to do if you are summoned for Jury Duty. Need to register to vote? Find out how. Don't care for who's in charge? Find out how to run for office. 

Preston County, one of the largest in the state, is proud to be a 2000s place. More and more people are moving here everyday to escape the rat race of the bigger cities. We have all the advantages of a "big city" without the hassle. Amenities to residents of and visitors to Preston County are Internet access, choice of banking institutions, supermarket shopping, fast food restaurants, not so fast food restaurants, quiet evenings on the deck, medical facilities, recreation,  social gatherings, and more.

Why not come and visit? You might be surprised.
You might even decide to stay and make Preston County your home.

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