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.
MILTON — You won’t see any high-rise buildings towering above Milton, West Virginia, while driving past on nearby I-64, but what the city lacks in height, it more than makes up for in depth.
For more than 165 years, Putnam County has sat within its own borders as a rural to suburban area located between larger cities to its east and west. It straddles the Kanawha River with ample farmland and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad as crucial elements that helped its economy early on.
There are plenty of community champions in Lawrence County who are on the front lines of making it a better place to live, work and play.
BARBOURSVILLE — Its slogan is “The best little village in the state.”
Barboursville is located within the Cabell County Schools district, 304-528-5000, boe.cabe.k12.wv.us. Regular meetings: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
The term “grassroots” gets thrown around a lot across the United States.
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.