Place:Gilmer, West Virginia, United States

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Gilmer County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,693. Its county seat is Glenville. Gilmer County was formed in 1845 from parts of Lewis and Kanawha Counties, and named for Thomas Walker Gilmer, Governor of Virginia from 1840 to 1841. Gilmer was later a representative in the United States Congress and Secretary of the Navy in President John Tyler's cabinet.

Cedar Creek State Park offers camping, hunting, fishing and hiking. The West Virginia State Folk Festival is held each June. Glenville State College has a full community activity center, a state-of-the-art library, and a complete collection of hand-carved, West Virginia–native birds on public display. The Gilmer County Recreation Center Complex includes a small golf course, a convention / reunion hall, and bunk houses.

Gilmer County is home to ten nationally registered historic landmarks, the Cedar Creek Backway, and the annual West Virginia Folk Festival. Media outlets for the community include The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder, the county newspaper, and Two-Lane Livin', a regional magazine. The Federal Correction Institution - Gilmer, located on Route 5, is a medium security prison.

Gilmer County is also the site of Federal Correctional Institution, Gilmer, a federal medium security prison for men and the county's largest employer.

As of 2010, Gilmer County still has only one traffic light. It is located in the city of Glenville.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1845 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1845 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1845 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1845 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1845 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1853 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1863 Effective date for move from Virginia to West Virginia Source:Wikipedia

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 3,475
1860 3,759
1870 4,338
1880 7,108
1890 9,746
1900 11,762
1910 11,379
1920 10,668
1930 10,641
1940 12,046
1950 9,746
1960 8,050
1970 7,782
1980 8,334
1990 7,669

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Gilmer County Virginia was formed in 1845 from parts of Lewis and Kanawha County, Virginia. It became part of the State of West Virginia when it acheived statehood in 1863.


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