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Kearneysville, West Virginia facts for kids

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Unincorporated community
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Jefferson
Population (2000)
 • Total 6,716
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 25430
GNIS feature ID 1541092

Kearneysville is an unincorporated community in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties, in the U.S. state of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. According to the 2000 census, Kearneysville and its surrounding community has a population of 6,716. Kearneysville is located along West Virginia Route 9 at its intersection with West Virginia Route 480 halfway between Martinsburg and Charles Town.

Settlement in the area that later came to be known as Kearneysville began in the mid-18th century. Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron sold land to various settlers, the first of whom was Nicholas Lemen in 1756. The next settler was General Horatio Gates, an American Revolutionary War general who named his holdings Traveller's Rest. Following him were Uriah and James Kearney, Sr., for whose family the village was named. The town grew slowly at first, but with the coming of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in the 1830s, the population increased throughout the county and local farmers began to take advantage of this faster means of transportation. In 1876, Kearneysville was the site of Jefferson's first commercial apple orchard. Because of its central location in the Panhandle, today Kearneysville is home to the Burr and Bardane Industrial Parks and is one of the fastest growing areas of Jefferson County with its many expansive residential communities such as Chapel View and the Village of Washington Trail.

Sites on the National Register of Historic Places

Site Year Built Address Listed
Elmwood-on-the-Opequon 3898 Sulphur Springs Road 2006
John VanMetre House 177 Elsie Drive 2004
Rellim Farm (Miller Farm) late 19th century Leetown Road (CR 1) 1998
Sunnyside Farm (William A. Fulk House) mid 19th century Leetown Road (CR 1) 1999
Traveller's Rest (General Horatio Gates House) circa 1773 WV 480 1972
Woodlawn (Wiltshire House) 19th century 30 Wiltshire Road 2000
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