Situated in a fertile valley of the Allegheny Mountains, fed by three rivers, teaming with fish and wildlife, Moorefield continues to grow, yet holds on tightly to its rich history. Located in Hardy County, Moorefield was named after Conrad Moore. Conrad owned the property where Moorefield is currently laid out. The city was chartered in 1777 and is the second oldest town in West Virginia.
Points of interest in Moorefield history include the Hardy County Courthouse built in 1792 to replace its original log structure. The Hardy County Courthouse is located on Washington Street, and a stone memorial commemorates those Moorefield residents who served and lost their lives throughout history in wars and conflicts.
Civil War historians are also attracted to this beautiful community. Moorefield is the site of an August 7, 1864 Civil War battle. The Battle of Moorefield is just one of several historical markers provided by Civil War Trail Markers. Rich history—such as President Abraham Lincoln sending an urgent message to Union General John C. Fremont to return to the Shenandoah Valley to defeat General Stonewall Jackson. Fremont had camped in Moorefield along on what is today State Road 55.
Located just miles from the Confederate Virginia state border, Moorefield’s residents were divided by the Civil War. Confederate sympathizer Samuel McMechan entertained Confederate soldiers when the area was occupied by the Rebels. But when Moorefield fell under Union control, McMechan fled and Union General John C. Fremont used McMechan’s home as his headquarters. McMechan’s home, located on North Main Street is featured on the Civil War Trail Markers.
These are just a few of Moorefield's woven history. With memorials, markers and historic homes, Civil War buffs visit Moorefield in a steady flow.