Taylor County is one of our region’s most beautiful counties, and one of the richest in American history. Characterized by v-shaped valleys and lush climbing hills, Taylor is served by US routes 250, 50, and 119.
Formed from parts of bordering counties Barbour, Harrison, and Marion, Taylor County played a role in the history of the seminal B&O Railroad. A critical juncture was placed in the area, and shortly thereafter, the bustling city of Grafton came to life. Grafton, now the county seat, played a key role in the movement of Union troops during the Civil War. It is home to West Virginia’s first national cemetery, located on Maple Avenue, and the longest-running (since 1868!) Memorial Day Parade in the United States.
When the Grafton National Cemetery could no longer be used for new internments, the expansive West Virginia National Cemetery was established in near-by Pruntytown. Taylor County is recognized for holding the first Mother’s Day celebrations at the turn of the 20th century, and Webster is the birthplace of Mother’s Day founder Anna M. Jarvis.
Today, Taylor County’s biggest employers include the manufacturing industry, government, health care, and public utilities. With the Tygart Valley River defining the region, Taylor is known for its rugged landscape and water-activity access. Residents and visitors spend countless hours at Tygart Valley State Park and fairs, festivals, and other community activities held throughout the year.