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Barboursville, West Virginia
Main Street in Barboursville in 2007
Main Street in Barboursville in 2007
Location of Barboursville in Cabell County, West Virginia.
Location of Barboursville in Cabell County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Cabell
 • Total 4.19 sq mi (10.84 km2)
 • Land 4.09 sq mi (10.60 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.25 km2)
581 ft (177 m)
 • Total 3,964
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,040.82/sq mi (401.87/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 304, 681
FIPS code 54-04276
GNIS feature ID 1553799

Barboursville is a village in Cabell County, West Virginia. It is located near the second largest city in the state, Huntington. The population was 4,258 in the 2019 census estimate. Barboursville is a part of the Huntington–Ashland metropolitan area.


Barboursville was platted in 1813.

The Barboursville Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The Thornburg House was separately listed in 1991.


Barboursville is located at 38°24′40″N 82°17′52″W / 38.41111°N 82.29778°W / 38.41111; -82.29778 (38.411002, -82.297758). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.19 square miles (10.85 km2), of which, 4.09 square miles (10.59 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water. The confluence of the Mud River and the Guyandotte River is just north of the village.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 341
1870 371 8.8%
1880 361 −2.7%
1900 429
1910 907 111.4%
1920 974 7.4%
1930 1,508 54.8%
1940 1,550 2.8%
1950 1,943 25.4%
1960 2,331 20.0%
1970 2,279 −2.2%
1980 2,871 26.0%
1990 2,774 −3.4%
2000 3,183 14.7%
2010 3,964 24.5%
2019 (est.) 4,258 7.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,964 people, 1,528 households, and 904 families living in the village. The population density was 969.2 inhabitants per square mile (374.2/km2). There were 1,625 housing units at an average density of 397.3 per square mile (153.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.1% White, 3.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 1,528 households, of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.8% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the village was 38.8 years. 16.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 52.7% male and 47.3% female.


There is a "trail" through Barboursville that showcases many of its historic buildings. One such structure is an old toll house dating to the pre-Civil War era. Other landmarks include the Veterans' Home, Barboursville Elementary and Middle Schools (both schools have been rebuilt), and Barboursville Park, which serves as a popular recreation area for residents of the area.

Barboursville is located near US Route 60, which follows the route of the historic Midland Trail.


Barboursville has a Fall Fest each year. This was formerly known as Oktoberfest, after the German model. A temporary fair-ground is set up across the Guyandotte River, on the old Sadler field before the bridge into the town, and offers a variety of amusements for the locals. Along with Fall Fest, Barboursville has a parade to begin the activities.

On the evening of Independence Day, Barboursville hosts a free fireworks display for the locals. Shortly after nightfall in Barboursville Park, the fireworks display is fired from the highest hill in the park.

Halloween trick or treating is traditionally held on October 30 in Barboursville, though the date is set by the city council and therefore subject to change. Trick or treating hours are held between 6 pm and 8 pm.


Young people in Barboursville are educated by the schools of the Cabell County Board of Education. In 1994, the board consolidated most of its schools into a few large facilities. Primary education is given at Village of Barboursville Elementary, which is a consolidation of Pea Ridge Elementary and Barboursville Elementary. Also Martha Elementary, on Martha Rd. Davis Creek Elementary is an additional school that is available to residents of Barboursville. This school can be found off Davis Creek Road and Alternate 10. High school students began attending Cabell Midland High School, a facility resulting from the consolidation of Barboursville High School and Milton High School, in the fall of 1994. Cabell Midland High School is in Ona, about five miles east of Barboursville.

Technical and trade education for Barboursville public school students is administered by the Cabell County Career Technology Center in Huntington; the CCCTC offers courses in automotive mechanics, HVAC, welding, nursing, and information technology. Classes are also available to adults as college-level courses.

University courses are available through Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington.

Notable people

  • John Astle, member of the Maryland General Assembly
  • George Baumgardner, MLB pitcher
  • Wayne Chapman, NFL football player and coach
  • Grace Golden Clayton, originator of Father's Day
  • William Hope Harvey, lawyer, author, politician, and businessman
  • Brett Rowe, stock car racing driver
  • Catherine Shipe East, researcher and feminist activist
  • Jason Starkey, NFL player
  • David A. Wiley, academic and writer
  • Evan Worrell, member of the West Virginia House of Delegates

See also

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