Arnoldsburg, West Virginia

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Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church rises on a knoll above Arnoldsburg, West Virginia. (Photo: David Sibray)

Arnoldsburg, West Virginia (WV), in southern Calhoun County, is an unincorporated community on the West Fork of the . The town is the location of the annual West Virginia Molasses Festival. Highways US-33, US-119, and WV-16 junction at Arnoldsburg. Its population in 2010 was estimated at 1,122.

Confederate rangers attacked a U.S. fort raised here during the Civil War.


In 1862, the U.S. Infantry established an outpost here to help suppress Confederate guerilla activity. On May 6, 1862, rebel raiders, organized as the Moccasin Rangers, unsuccessfully attacked the encampment, named Camp McDonald. One U.S. soldier was killed in the skirmish, and two rebel soldiers were killed and one was wounded.

Throughout the latter half of the 1800s, Arnoldsburg vied with Grantsville, West Virginia, as the location of the county seat. Arnoldsburg derives its name from Charles Arnold, a local schoolteacher.


Arnoldsburg is located approximately 15 miles south of Grantsville, 14 miles east of Spencer, West Virginia, and 25 miles north of I-79 at Big Otter, WV. Highways US-33, US-119, and WV-16 junction at Arnoldsburg.

Map showing Arnoldsburg, West Virginia

Regional Information

Arnoldsburg is located in the Heartland Region of central West Virginia.