Formed in 1866, Grant County, West Virginia was named after General Ulysses S Grant, the 18th president of the United States. However, the history of the region dates back farther than that. Prior to becoming an official county, the area drew settlers because of its fertile land along the Potomac River's South Branch. The many streams that spread from the River made an excellent area for farming. Surrounding these valley regions were forests, which soon transformed into a logging industry. The original settlers were German, and as word of the resources in the area spread so did the population.
During the war, tensions in the area where high with fighting nearby, but the region was spared from actual battle. On February 14, 1866, Grant County was officially established, created from a portion of Hardy County, and Maysville was the county seat. Popular vote moved the county seat to Petersburg in 1872, where it remains today.
After the war, the logging industry continued to push the economy of Grant County through the 1900s. While the economy has diversified, today the area is known for its abundant natural resources and hard working people.
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