Hardy County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2010, the population was 14,025. Its county seat is Moorefield. Hardy County was created from Hampshire County in 1786 and named for Samuel Hardy, a distinguished Virginian.
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Hardy County, Virginia was established in 1785, formed from part of Hampshire County. It became part of West Virginia when it became a state in 1863.
From "History of Hardy County, 1786-1986", by MacMaster, Richard K.:
Hardy County was authorized by the Virginia General Assembly on December 10, 1785 and organized in February 1786 from parts of Hampshire County. It was named in honor of Samuel Hardy (1758-1785). He was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia in 1758 and graduated from William and Mary College in 1781. An attorney, he served in the Virginia General Assembly in 1777 and in 1781, represented Virginia in the Continental Congress in 1783 and 1785, served briefly as Virginia's lieutenant governor and was a signer of the Deed of Cession that transferred the Northwest territory to the American government. He died in New York in October 1785.