Town of West Union, WV
Established July 20, 1881
County Seat of Doddridge County

The most progressive Class IV city in the State of West Virginia

Town of West Union Seal designed by John Droppleman


Special Histories:

Doddridge County Who's Who - Collected by the Doddridge Research Group

Civil War Skirmish in West Union - by Gerald D. Swick

New Flood photos - by May Randolph

Twin Houses - by Hiram W. Lynch IV

West Union - Some wonderful research done by Walt Dotson

Greenwood - Click here for a marvelous compilation of facts and those stories that make the facts come alive - 6 pages   NEW: History of Greenwood, handwritten by Martha Dotson, Contributed by Victor Stinespring

Compiled and written for us by Earl Daugherty

1979 photos of West Union plus great genealogy pages,
Click to see Kathryn Bassett's

Doddridge County Wall of Honor - List of Service Names

Football History


The Doddridge County Historical Society needs your help to preserve our rich history and heritage.

We are currently working on another ‘Books on CD’ projects The first, "The History of Doddridge County West Virginia - 1979" is finished. See ordering information on the right.  Produced by Walt Dotson, all proceeds go to the Doddridge County Historical Society.

We need your help putting together the second, “A Photographic History of Doddridge County.”

This project was inspired by the work of Alton Childers. More than 30 years ago, the first of Alton's “Mostly about Ourselves” columns was published in the old West Union Record. With the help of the citizens of Doddridge County, Alton dug up and saved hundreds of photos and stories of early Doddridge County. We would like to find as many of these old photos as possible and scan them for this project.

We would also like to have any other pictures or history of any Doddridge County buildings, landmarks, railroads, bridges, schools, hospitals, stores, places of interest, or events you want to share.

This project will be impossible without your help. We want to include photographs and history of all communities.

Anyone having pictures (photographs, postcards, other images, or unpublished histories) of Doddridge County who wants to donate them to the Historical Society, we would love to have them. If you want to keep them in your family we still hope you will share them with us. You can scan them (200-300 dpi) and e-mail them to us at DoddridgeHistory@AOL.COM or you can contact the Doddridge County Historical Society and we will arrange to have them copied at your convenience.

Thank you.

Suzanne Hadley - 304-643-4880
Walter Dotson - 330-354-3949

Doddridge County Historical Society located in West Union, WV.
: Patricia Harris (Rt 1 Box 38, West Union, WV 26456)
304 873-1540

Answers to some of the West Union Newsletter Queries ~ Click Here

West Union Main Street circa 1920 ~ click to enlarge
Photo Courtesy of Kathryn Bassett / Graphics work Walt Dotson

1979 "History of Doddridge County, West Virginia" Now available on CD

Patricia Harris (Rt 1 Box 38, West Union, WV 26456)
304 873-1540

(Tell Bill you saw it on the West Union Website <G>)

The Doddridge County Historical Society now has the 1979 "History of Doddridge County, West Virginia" available on CD in Adobe PDF format.

Every page, including the end pages, is there for the viewing, and it is a lot cheaper.

Twenty dollars for the CD and five dollars shipping if they mail it to you. (They are available at the museum in West Union)

Every effort was made to make this CD a quality product. Each page was scanned, straightened and cleaned up. Since the pages were scanned, text cannot be copied but pages or portions of pages can be printed.

THE HISTORY OF DODDRIDGE COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA, 1979, 367 pages. A Collection of Historical Sketches, Church and Family Histories as Submitted by Present and Former Residents of Doddridge County. Doddridge Historical Society, 1979. Limited edition, only 1070 copies printed. Very hard to find. Once in a great while one will show up on e-bay and go for about $150.00. If you don't bid that high, Mountain Heritage Books will buy it and sell it from his St. Marys book store for $325.00.

Besides the 270 pages of family histories, there are chapters on Churches, Schools, Notable People, Cemeteries, Roads and Railroads, Communities, a lot of great stories and so much more.

The 1979 "History of Doddridge County, West Virginia" has been out of print for over twenty-six years.

Doddridge County Museum / Old County Jail 2005
Doddridge County Museum / Old County Jail
2005 Photo courtesy of Walter Dotson

 Doddridge County WVGenWeb is a resource site for genealogists and historians - and all those who are 'just interested'. Doddridge WV Maps, Census Records, Photographs, Doddridge County Genealogy Links, Veterans list, Doddridge Who's Who, History, and Research Tutorials and Tools.

1917 Proclamation by the Mayor submitted by Jo Ann Taylor Adams 

1917 Proclamation by the Mayor submitted by Jo Ann Taylor Adams 


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