Sense of community keeps Barboursville growing
BARBOURSVILLE -- Although Barboursville has been in the shadow of Huntington for decades, this village in eastern Cabell County has had a rich history and identity spanning nearly two centuries.
Barboursville was established in 1813. Named after Virginia Gov. James Barbour (1812-1814), the village was the county seat of Cabell County from 1814 until 1887, when Huntington received the honor. Following the Civil War, Barboursville was incorporated by the West Virginia Legislature on Feb. 12, 1867.
Over the years, an active business sector coupled with a small-town atmosphere has created a thriving community. Whether it is a busy day of shopping, grabbing a bite to eat or the peaceful serenity of a community park, the village has plenty to offer.
Shoppers won't be disappointed with the choices. The largest shopping mall in the state, Huntington Mall, is located just off U.S. 60 in Barboursville. It offers more than 100 stores, including Sears, Macy's and J.C. Penney. The mall is also surrounded by stores like Kohl's, Wal-Mart and Value City.
A few minutes down the road is the Merritt Creek Farm shopping center. That complex offers more than 30 stores, including Target, Home Depot and Marshall's.
Both shopping areas offer plenty of eating choices. Near the mall, a new Steak 'n' Shake opened earlier this year. That adds to the growing number of restaurants near the mall, including Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse and Famous Dave's. The Merritt Creek area offers a Starbuck's with a drive-through window, as well as O'Charley's and Bellacino's.
In downtown Barboursville, there are some locally owned craft shops, floral boutiques and restaurants.
While downtown, you can follow the signs to the Barboursville Park, which features more than 900 acres. It includes soccer and baseball fields; tennis, basketball and volleyball courts; walking trails; picnic shelters; fishing lake and ponds; and an amphitheater.