Ritchie County was formed in 1843 from parts of Wood, Harrison and Lewis counties. It took its name from Thomas Ritchie. He was a distinguished journalist from Richmond, VA, whose mother was a sister of Judge Spencer Roane, for whom adjacent Roane County was named.
Formerly known as Shumely, the community of Ellenboro in Ritchie County was incorporated in 1903. It was named in honor of Ellen Mariah Williamson, first postmistress and daughter of early settler John Williamson.
The county seat of Doddridge County, West Union, was incorporated in 1881. The town was known as Lewisport, or Union, until the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad established a station there in 1857. The name West Union was suggested by Nathan Davis, who owned the land upon which the town is now located.
The town was established just across Middle Island Creek from Lewisport, which had some half dozen residences at the time an effort was being made to change the name of that settlement to Union; hence, the name "West Union."
We receive 39 inches of rain per year and 29 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 111. On average, there are 170 sunny days annually. The July high is around 85 degrees. The January low is 21.
Our region of the country is mostly made up of smaller family farms and has friendly, helpful people plus one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. Numerous small country churches are scattered throughout the countryside providing families and friends places to gather and worship.
Both Doddridge and Ritchie counties offer school districts with ample schools for all grades. Fairmont State College, West Virginia University and West Liberty State College are all within an hour's drive.
There are three hospitals to provide medical care just a short drive away.
Partake in a wide variety of fishing and hunting opportunities in our region. We boast the most recognized sports stream in the state for muskie fishing. Many streams, ponds and lakes teem with smallmouth and largemouth bass, sunfish and bluegill. Hunters find that the woods are full of white-tailed deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, raccoon, squirrel and rabbit.
North Bend Rail-Trail, a part of the American Discovery Trail, winds through the area and has been labeled America's most unique horseback riding, walking, jogging, backpacking and bicycling trails.
Many fine opportunities exist for business, investment, farming, recreation and just plain relaxation. Homes representing every style, land of all size, setting and price range can be found here. We at United Country stand ready to place our professional skills at your disposal.