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Middlebourne Town

Middlebourne Town Hall is located at 100 Main Street, Middlebourne WV 26149; phone: 304-758-4771.

Beginnings [1]

Middlebourne is situated on the north bank of Middle Island Creek that drains almost all of Tyler County. The creek is said to be the longest stream in the United States not to bear the name of the river. The town is centrally located in the county, a factor that has helped to unify its hilly picturesque 260 square miles. Middlebourne was established as a town by legislative enactment on January 27, 1813, on the lands of settler Robert Gorrell and was incorporated on February 3, 1871. Gorrell, who had purchased much of the land in what is now Middlebourne, had a portion of his lands measured off into town lots ca.1812. With the sale of these lots and the establishment of the county seat about 1816, the town began to grow. Middlebourne is thought to have been so-named because it was halfway between Pennsylvania and the old salt wells on the Kanawha (Maiden area) above Charleston.

  1. National Register of Historic Places, nomination document, prepared by Rodney S. Collins, Architectural Historian, and Karen Maple-Stover, West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office, Middlebourne Historic District,, National Park Service, Washington, D.C., 1993
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