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Bandytown is located in West Virginia
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Bandytown is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Boone
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
GNIS feature ID 1553796
The wet banana

Bandytown is an unincorporated community in Boone County, West Virginia, United States. Bandytown is approximately 18 miles from Madison. Bandytown is accessible from Boone County Route 26, which is located right off West Virginia Route 85 at the Van Bridge split. The community has a total population of over 100 with approximately 70 homes.


The community was named for George "Bandy" Green, an early settler on the West Fork. Bandytown was previously also known as "Chap" for Chapman Miller, a local merchant and postmaster.


Activities in Bandytown include all-terrain vehicle trails, a basketball court, fishing areas, and areas for skating/rollerblading. Van Elementary School and Van Junior/Senior High School, located 6 miles from Bandytown, are the closest public schools.

Bandytown has two churches: The Bandytown Church of Christ and The Martha Freewill Baptist Church, and three cemeteries: Greene Cemetery, Jarrell Cemetery, and Midferrell Cemetery.

The wet banana is a traditional Bandytown event that has been going on for years. The wet banana is a large water slide created by taking mining tarp and plastic and placing it on a large hill. Then, using water pumped from the creek mixed with some soap, people grab a tube and slide down.

In 2001, local residents Sue and Johnny Baire Jr. wrote and featured the hit song "God Bless Bandytown" on Sue's debut CD of the same title. The song mentions things near and dear to the hearts of Bandytown residents such as "the little white church" or "black berries." The song is considered an anthem for the town's website and it can be listened to on there in its entirety.

Bandytown is also the hometown of the "Dancing Outlaw" Jesco White.

Street Names

Street Names County Route #
Bandy Green Branch Road
Bulger Lane
Carver Street
Chap Road 26
Cherry Wood Circle
Chester Lane
Halona Lane
Karla Lane
Miller Addition Lane 26^16
Preston's Branch Road 26^1
Rosemont Drive
Wilbarn Street 26^15

Notable person

  • Jesco White, mountain dancer

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Bandytown (Virginia Occidental) para niños

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