Cities and Towns

Town of Davis
Town of Hambleton
Town of Hendricks
City of Parsons
City of Thomas

Links

Tucker County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tucker County Chamber of Commerce
Tucker County Development Authority
Tucker County in Wikipedia
Tucker County Animal Control
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Allegheny Highlands Trail
USDA Forest Service
Canaan Valley Institute
Tucker Community Endowment Foundation
MountainMade
Mountain State Honey Company

Schools & Community Centers

Tucker County Schools
Tucker County High School
Hi-Y Leadership Center
Thomas Education Center

News and Weather

The Parsons Advocate The county’s weekly newspaper online.
Parsons Weather
Davis/Canaan Valley Weather

History

Tucker County History Sources A bibliography from the WV Division of Culture & History
History of Tucker County, West Virginia, by Hu Maxwell, 1894. Fully viewable early county history on Google Books.


Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Tucker County Office
215 First Street
Tucker County Courthouse
Parsons, WV 26287

Phone (304) 478-2949×209
FAX (304) 478-2948
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 to 4:00
Driving Directions

About Tucker County

Tucker County lies in the north-eastern part of West Virginia, a region commonly referred to as the Potomac Highlands because of its mountainous, rugged terrain.

The area was permanently settled in 1773. The county was officially formed by a prominent jurist and statesman of Virginia, Henry S. George Tucker, in 1856 from Randolph County – at that time, part of the state of Virginia.

In 1860 – just years after its founding – Tucker County’s population was approximately 1,428. It quickly grew in the late 19th and early 20th century to over 18,600 residents in 1910 as rapid industrial development as a result of extraction industry and railroad access brought wealth and work to a previously remote community. Large reserves of coal, limestone, shale, and timber shifted the economy from primarily agriculture. Tucker County was home to two railroads, two paper mills, three tanneries, fifteen sawmills, lime kilns, and almost a thousand coke ovens.

After 1910 the population rapidly declined, with a brief spike in the 1980’s, and a small decline ever since. Recreation and tourism took on greater importance with commuting times from the Pittsburgh and DC Metro areas decreasing with visitors to Canaan Valley State Park, Blackwater Falls State Park, Monongahela National Forest, and two ski resorts.

The county seat in Parsons was incorporated in 1893.


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Tucker County is located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 7,321. Its county seat is Parsons1. Tucker County was created in 1856 from a part of Randolph County, then part of Virginia. In 1871, a small part of Barbour County, West Virginia, was transferred to Tucker County.[2] The county was named after Henry St. George Tucker, Sr., a judge and Congressman from Williamsburg, Virginia.[3]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 421 square miles (1,091 kms), of which, 419 square miles (1,085 kms) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 kms) of it (0.53%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

State Parks

Federal Lands

National Natural Landmarks


Citations

1. “Find a County”. National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
2. Tucker County WVGenWeb Page, accessed August 25, 2006.
3. West Virginia Division of Culture and History – Tucker County History web page, accessed August 25, 2006
4. “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
5. Brooks, Maurice (1965), The Appalachians (Series: The Naturalist’s America), Illustrated by Lois Darling and Lo Brooks, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, pp 127-128.

References

[From “Wikipedia, “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tucker_County,_West_Virginia ”, March 3, 2008.]