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Hedgesville, West Virginia
Central Hedgesville
Central Hedgesville
Location of Hedgesville in Berkeley County, West Virginia.
Location of Hedgesville in Berkeley County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 39°33′15″N 77°59′42″W / 39.55417°N 77.99500°W / 39.55417; -77.99500Coordinates: 39°33′15″N 77°59′42″W / 39.55417°N 77.99500°W / 39.55417; -77.99500
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Berkeley
Area
 • Total 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
 • Land 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
69 ft (195 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 318
 • Estimate 
(2019)
297
 • Density 2,267.18/sq mi (872.39/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
25427
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-36220
GNIS feature ID 1554676

Hedgesville is a town in Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States, in the state's Eastern Panhandle region. The population was 318 at the 2010 census. The town sits on WV 9, and is roughly 13 miles east of Berkeley Springs. In addition to its legal definition, Hedgesville has come to be the common name for the large and sparsely inhabited area of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle bordered by the Potomac River to the North and East, a southern border defined roughly by an imaginary line from the city of Martinsburg to the tip of Virginia, and Berkeley Springs to the West.

History

Established by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on February, 11, 1836, the Town of Hedgesville was laid out in 1832 along the old Warm Springs Road (now West Virginia Route 9) and named for the prominent local Hedges family. Hedgesville is a National Register Historic District.The town was named after the local Hedges family.

On August 17, 2004, President George W. Bush made a re-election campaign stop and photo-op at Hedgesville High School.

Geography

Hedgesville is located at 39°33′15″N 77°59′42″W / 39.55417°N 77.99500°W / 39.55417; -77.99500 (39.554188, -77.994967).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 383
1890 448 17.0%
1900 342 −23.7%
1910 328 −4.1%
1920 379 15.5%
1930 361 −4.7%
1940 403 11.6%
1950 419 4.0%
1960 342 −18.4%
1970 274 −19.9%
1980 217 −20.8%
1990 227 4.6%
2000 240 5.7%
2010 318 32.5%
2019 (est.) 297 −6.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 318 people, 119 households, and 82 families living in the town. The population density was 2,446.2 inhabitants per square mile (944.5/km2). There were 135 housing units at an average density of 1,038.5 per square mile (401.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 90.3% White, 5.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 119 households, of which 46.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 21.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.1% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the town was 31.2 years. 29.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 32.4% were from 25 to 44; 20.1% were from 45 to 64; and 8.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

Transportation

2016-08-25 15 32 26 View east along West Virginia State Route 9 (Hedgesville Road) at Rumbling Rock Road in Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia
WV 9 eastbound leaving Hedgesville

Two primary highways serve Hedgesville. The more prominent of these is West Virginia Route 9. WV 9 travels southeastward to Martinsburg and provides connections to Interstate 81. To the northwest, WV 9 connects to U.S. Route 522 in Berkeley Springs. The other primary highway serving Hedgesville is West Virginia Route 901, which heads east from its western end at WV 9 in Hedgesville to I-81 at Falling Waters.

Notable people

  • Gale Catlett, basketball player and coach
  • David O'Brien Martin, former US Congressman
  • Andy Boarman, bluegrass and folk musician
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