Pocahontas County


Named for Jacob Marlin and originally called Marlin's Bottom
Population 2010 Census: 1,054
Median Age: 47.4 years

Courthouse: Completed 1895; addition 1972
Architect: Millard F. Giesey

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Formed: 1821
Named: For Pocahontas, the Indian princess
County Seat: Marlinton
Land in Square Miles: 940.28
Population 2010 Census: 8,719
Persons per Square Mile 2010: 9.3

Primary Sources Online
Elk Shipped to Pocahontas County, 1913
Establishment of West Virginia Colored Tuberculosis Sanitarium, 1917
Dedication of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, 1928
1960 Presidential Campaign in Pocahontas County
Pearl Buck
Cass Scenic Railroad to Whittaker Station, 1968
Snowshoe, 1992

First National Youth Science Camp, 1963   (dialup)    (broadband)
Boys from the first National Youth Science Camp, 1963   (dialup)    (broadband)
Cass Scenic Railroad, 1963   (dialup)    (broadband)
Extension agent Betty Rae Weiford, 1979   (dialup)    (broadband)
Watoga State Park, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)

Civil War
Cheering News from Western Virginia, 1861
News from Camp Bartow, 1861
The New Programme for Western Virginia, 1861
From Greenbrier River, 1861
From Camp Bartow, 1861
From Camp Bartow, 1861
From Camp Bartow, 1861
From Camp Bartow, 1861
Special Orders, Headquarters First Division, Army of Northwest, No. 163, 1861
Camp on Allegheny, 1861
Battle of Allegheny Mountain, 1861
Affairs at Huntersville, 1862
Arrest of Henry Arbogast, 1862
Incendiaries in Pocahontas, 1862
Citizens from Pocahontas County, 1862
Capt. Bowen's Expedition to Pocahontas, 1863
Fighting in Western Virginia, 1863
Battle of Droop Mountain, 1863
Pocahontas County - What the War Has Done, 1864
Preparing for a Raid, 1864
Scout into Pocahontas County, 1864
Patriotism of Pocahontas County, 1864
Pocahontas County Union Militia Letters, Folder 16
Pocahontas County Union Militia Letters, Folder 19
Biographical Sketch of Benoni Griffin

Photographs of Schools in Pocahontas County
Fishing near Edray, 1956

Secondary Sources Online
List of Pocahontas County Legislators
Knapp's Creek, Agricultural Extention Community History
Minnehaha Springs, Agricultural Extention Community History
"Benign Betrayal: Capitalist Intervention in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, 1890-1910," by John Hennen (West Virginia History)
"Deaths at the West Virginia Colored Tuberculosis Sanitarium at Denmar" (West Virginia History)

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Biographies
Stanley William Armentrout
Earl A. Gilmore
William Orbry Lambert
Basil Clair Sharp
Edward Thompson
John Ray Williams

Teacher Resources

West Virginia Archives and History