Preston County administrative offices are located at 106 West Main Street, Kingwood, WV 26537; phone: 304-329-1805.
Preston County was a part of Virginia when created in 1818. It is named for James Patton Preston [1774-1843] who served in the Virginia Assembly, as a Colonel in the War of 1812, and as Governor of Virginia from 1816 to 1819 after which he served as postmaster of Richmond. The area that became Preston County was first settled about 1751 by Gabriel and Israel Eckerlin. [Preston County History, www.polsci.wvu.edu, accessed July, 2012.]