Wood County



Parkersburg

Population 2010 Census: 31,492
Median Age: 41.2 years

Courthouse: Completed 1901
Architect: Lewis W. Thomas


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Formed: 1798
Named: In honor of James Wood, Governor of Virginia, 1796-1799
County Seat: Parkersburg
Land in Square Miles: 366.26
Population 2010 Census: 86,956
Persons per Square Mile 2010: 237.4

Primary Sources Online
Prize Fight at Fries Park, 1899
Formation of West Virginia Osteopathic Society, 1902
1960 Presidential Campaign in Wood County
Ronald Reagan visit to Parkersburg, 1984

George West and endless oil well at Volcano, 1972   (dialup)    (broadband)
R. L. Howard and Son General Store, Waverly, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Fenton Glass, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
John Smittle of Parkersburg, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Taxidermist Eric Dowler of Parkersburg, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Ronald Reagan in Parkersburg, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)

Civil War
Union Meeting at Parkersburg, Virginia, 1861
Union Meeting in Wood County, Va., 1861
Meeting at Parkersburg, 1861
Western Virginia Conference of the M. E. Church, 1862
Public Meeting at Parkersburg, 1862
Public Meeting at Parkersburg, 1862
The Guerrillas, 1862
Gen. Cox at Parkersburg, 1862
War Meeting in Parkersburg, 1862
Riding on a Rail, 1862
Convention at Parkersburg, 1863
The Working Menís Mass Meeting, 1863
John Morgan Crossing the River below Parkersburg, 1863
Meeting of the Citizens of Wood County, 1863
Deserved Promotion, 1864
The Parkersburg Convention, 1864
Letter from General Hunter to Governor Boreman in relation to the recent Editorial Arrests, 1864
Execution in Parkersburg, 1865
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 1
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 2
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 4
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 5
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 6
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 7
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 8
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 9
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 11
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 15
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 18
Wood County Union Militia Letters, Folder 21
Biography of Horatio Nelson Crooks

Photographs
Photographs of Schools in Wood County
Women aviators at Parkersburg, 1945

Secondary Sources Online
List of Wood County Legislators
Leachtown, Agricultural Extention Community History
Lee Creek, Agricultural Extention Community History
Locust Valley, Agricultural Extention Community History
Mineral Wells, Agricultural Extention Community History
Washington Bottom, Agricultural Extention Community History
Biography of Gov. Arthur I. Boreman
Biography of Gov. Jacob Beeson Jackson
Biography of Gov. William Erskine Stevenson
Biography of Gov. Albert Blakeslee White
"A Chronicle of the Life of Harman Blennerhassett," by Michael Burke (West Virginia Historical Society Quarterly)

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Biographies
Charles Willard Miller Jr.
Ray Wood Pickering
James Edwin Woods

History of the American Negro Biographies
John Rupert Jefferson
William Edward Jefferson
John Wesley Shellcroft



Teacher Resources

West Virginia Archives and History