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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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