Harrison County



Clarksburg

Chartered in 1785.

Population 2010 Census: 16,578
Median Age: 43.4 years

Courthouse: Completed 1932
Architect: R. L. Walther


Hover mouse over a dot on the map for details on Clarksburg.

Formed: 1784
Named: For Benjamin Harrison, distinguished Virginian, who was the father of William Henry Harrison, 9th President, and the great-grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President.
County Seat: Clarksburg
Land in Square Miles: 416.01
Population 2010 Census: 69,099
Persons per Square Mile 2010: 166.1

Primary Sources Online
Benjamin Wilson letter, Whiskey Rebellion
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson
West Virginia Industrial Home for Girls
Women Pickets at Owings Mine
Bluebeard of Quiet Dell
John W. Davis
Shinnston Tornado
1950 Flood
1960 Presidential Campaign in Harrison County
Cyrus Vance
West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival 1979

Attempt to rescue a dog in Spelter, 1938    (dialup)    (broadband)

Civil War
The Union Men of Harrison County, 1861
States Rights Meeting in Harrison, 1861
States Rights Meeting in Harrison, 1861
Clarksburg Convention, 1861
From Harrison County, 1861
Exciting from Clarksburg, 1861
Citizens Meeting in Harrison, 1862
War Meeting in Clarksburg, 1862
Letter from Clarksburg, 1862
Grand Torch-light Procession—Great Rejoicings over the New State at Clarksburg, 1862
Meeting in Clarksburg, 1863
New State Meeting in Clarksburg, 1863
Meeting in Harrison, 1863
Jones-Imboden Raid, 1863
Short Creek Union Association, 1863
Sabbath School Celebration, 1863
Pocahontas County Meeting (at Clarksburg), 1863
A Bold Act in Harrison County, 1863
Meeting in Harrison, 1863
Harrison County Ratification Meeting, 1864
Union Woman Raises Funds, 1864
Rebel Raid in Shinnston, 1864
More Guerrilla Atrocities, 1864
Meeting at Bridgeport, 1865
A Jubilee in Clarksburg, 1865
Great Rejoicings in Clarksburg, 1865
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 1
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 1A
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 3
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 4
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 5
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 6
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 8
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 9
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 12
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 14
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 16
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 17A
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 18
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 21
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 24
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 25
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 26
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 27
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 28
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 33
Harrison County Union Militia Letters, Folder 44
Biographical Sketch of Nathan Goff

Photographs
Photographs of Schools in Harrison County
Asa Davis, of a very numerous pioneer connection and the smallest man in Harrison County. On one of his trips, a delay of twenty-four hours was caused by a family event near the North Fork of Hughes River, sketched from the mail carrier's own description, in 1847.
According to Mr. Sutton, who fought around the Clarksburg fort in Indian days, the first bridge between that point and the Ohio River was made of split slabs and spanned a deep drain near its mouth on Goose Creek. Sketched in 1846.
The first coach (of English or Old Virginia make) that ever traveled from Winchester to the Ohio River. In 1846 it belonged to Major Hildebrand, mail contractor at Marietta, Ohio, and was temporarily stored in a dilapidated condition with Gen. Carder, hotel keeper at Clarksburg. The house is an average specimen of the old road taverns where the coach used to stop.
In the foreground, Capt. Caleb Boggess, of Harrison County 1846; in the distance, Hon. Edwin L. Duncan, Circuit Judge.
Marshall Robinson of Clarksburg, 1846.
Col. Kimheloe and Chas. S. Lewis, of Harrison, lawyers, engaged in a political argument 1848.
Hon. William A. Harrison, of Clarksburg, a popular land and jury lawyer.
Hon. Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, at Clarksburg, West Virginia, where he was invited to lecture at the Agricultural Fair, September 30, 1869.
Thomas Hughes, a famous pioneer and Indian fighter of Harrison County who first resided about the fort at Clarksburg and later at Hacker's Creek.
John Carlile
John J. Davis
Waldo Golf
Granville Hall
Thomas Harrison
Joseph Johnson
John Vance
Levi Shinn Log Cabin
Burning of the Traders Hotel, Clarksburg

Secondary Sources Online
List of Harrison County Legislators
Good Hope, Agricultural Extention Community History
Prospect Valley, Agricultural Extention Community History
"Booster Ethos: Community, Image, and Profit in Early Clarksburg" by L. Diane Barnes (West Virginia History)
"The Jews of Clarksburg: Community Adaptation and Survival, 1900-60" by Deborah R. Weiner (West Virginia History)
"Nathan Goff Jr. in the Civil War" by G. Wayne Smith (West Virginia History)
Biography of Howard Mason Gore
History of West Milford

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Biographies
Thomas Joseph Abruzzino
Gilbert Henry Booth
Harlan G. Davis
James Robert Feeney
James Harold Hayes and Gene Edward Hayes
Clarence C. Herrick
Wayne Huffman Kidd
Vance Ballard McWhorter
William Perry Norman
Roy Earl Parrish
Lloyd Bryan Paugh
Clarence Edmond Shreve
Richard Gene Welch

History of the American Negro Biographies
Duncan Huey Kyle
James Wesley Robinson
Henry Jackson Trice
John James Williams



Teacher Resources

West Virginia Archives and History