Prepared by the League of Women Voters
Whether you’re just across the line in Westmoreland, “out Wayne” or way out Wayne, the county that calls itself the “Western Gate to the Mountain State” is celebrated by its residents for its strong sense of family, community and tradition.
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ORIGIN: Wayne County was established by the state of Virginia on Jan. 18, 1842. It and 43 other counties joined to form West Virginia on June 20, 1863. It's the westernmost county in what is now the state of West Virginia, and it was named in honor of Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne. The general is credited with making the region safe for a white settlement, after defeating the Shawnee Indians in the Battle of Fallen Timbers.
Lawrence County, Ohio, was formed as a county in 1816, named for the American naval hero Capt. James Lawrence, in the war of 1812.
Attractions, golf, bowling, shopping, dining.
ORIGIN: Named for Capt. James Lawrence, commander of the frigate Chesapeake during the war of 1812. Founded Dec. 20, 1816. Burlington was first county seat. County seat subsequently moved to Ironton.
MILTON — The town of Milton, W.Va., is know for the Pumpkin Festival, Blenko Glass and even the flea market.
Attractions, shopping and dining.
ORIGIN: Named for Milton Rece, a large landowner and the first Postmaster in the area when the town was incorporated in 1876.