Grant County



Petersburg

The town has been the county seat since 1872 although bickering between its supporters and those of Maysville, the former county seat, continued until the Supreme Court struck down an 1895 law that had opened the door for Maysville to become the county seat again.

Population 2010 Census: 2,467
Median Age: 47.1 years

Courthouse: Completed 1976; former courthouse, completed in 1879 with addition in 1909, is several blocks away
Architect: Herbert A. Stratton


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Formed: 1866
Land in Square Miles: 477.37
Named: For Ulysses S. Grant
County Seat: Petersburg
Population 2010 Census: 11,937
Persons per Square Mile 2010: 25

Primary Sources Online
Opening of Smoke Hole Caverns
Flood of 1985

Civil War
Spirit of Hardy and Pendleton, 1861
Descent Upon Secessionists at Petersburg, 1861
Jones-Imboden Raid, 1863
Expedition into Hampshire County, 1863
A Successful Dash Upon the Enemy, 1863
Wagon Train Capture between New Creek and Petersburg, 1864
Meeting at Petersburg, 1864
Skirmish Near Petersburg, 1864
Expedition to Petersburg, 1864

Photographs
Photographs of Schools in Grant County

Secondary Sources Online
List of Grant County Legislators
Mt. Storm, Agricultural Extention Community History
"Early Land Grants and Settlers Along Patterson Creek," by Charles Morrison (West Virginia History)
"The Short Unhappy Life of William Seymour Douglass," by Frederick Nolan, Part I (West Virginia Historical Society Quarterly)
"The Short Unhappy Life of William Seymour Douglass," by Frederick Nolan, Part II (West Virginia Historical Society Quarterly)

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Biographies
Eugene Walter and Kermit Becker
Russell Dale Cresse
Kermit Dale Kuhn
Tracy Victor Rohrbaugh



Teacher Resources

West Virginia Archives and History