Nicholas County


Population 2010 Census: 3,572
Median Age: 43 years

Courthouse: Completed 1898; addition 1940
Architect: Frank E. and Henry R. Davis; addition Levi J. Dean

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Formed: 1818
Named: For Wilson Cary Nicholas, Governor of Virginia, 1814-16
County Seat: Summersville
Land in Square Miles: 646.82
Population 2010 Census: 26,233
Persons per Square Mile 2010: 40.6

Primary Sources Online
Spud and Splinter Festival, 1937
Olgebay Norton Mine Disaster, 1958
1960 Presidential Campaign in Nicholas County
Dedication of the Summersville Dam, 1966
Hominy Falls Mine Disaster, 1968
Resignation of Senate President Larry Tucker, 1989

Groundbreaking for the Summersville Dam, 1960   (dialup)    (broadband)
Summersville Dam, Spring 1966   (dialup)    (broadband)
Cherry River Elementary chess tournament, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Larry Orndorff of Nettie, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Ruth Stevenson of Summersville, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Doc Frazer's putting green, Richwood, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Opal Taylor of Summersville, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Whitewater season on the Gauley River, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Carnifex Ferry State Park, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Whitewater rafting on the Gauley River, 1993   (dialup)    (broadband)

Civil War
Action at Cross Lanes, near Summersville, 1861
Battle of Carnifex Ferry, 1861
Raid on Summersville, 1862
Brilliant Skirmish in Nicholas County, 1862
Jones-Imboden Raid, 1863
Nicholas County Union Militia Letters, Folder 1
Nicholas County Union Militia Letters, Folder 2
Nicholas County Union Militia Letters, Folder 6
Nicholas County Union Militia Letters, Folder 7
Nicholas County Union Militia Letters, Folder 10
Nicholas County Union Militia Letters, Folder 11

Photographs of Schools in Nicholas County
Colonel Tyler's Camp, near Summersville, 1861
Ladies of the Maccabees, Fenwick

Secondary Sources Online
List of Nicholas County Legislators
Panther Mountain, Agricultural Extention Community History

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Biographies
Claude L. Bryant
Everett Otha Creasy
Kennie Cummings
Harold Cutlip
Charles Obey Frame
Virgil E. Groves
Marvin Jim Hanna
Robert A. Hanna
Romey Earl Hughart Jr.
Ozro Buck, Johnnie Berton, and Berman Gray Jones
John Marion and Mancel Neely Legg
Virginia Louise Link
Aubrey Chester McClung
Clyde A. McClung
Isaac Wesley Pritt
Henry Louis Sleeth
James Rusmisaell Tucker
Jack Leo Walker
Eugene White

Teacher Resources

West Virginia Archives and History