Harrisville, West Virginia

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The Ritchie Court House at Harrisville overlooks the county's quaint Victorian downtown.

Harrisville, West Virginia (WV), the county seat of Ritchie County, was established in 1822 and chartered in 1869. The town was named in honor of Thomas Harris, who owned the land on which it was established. Though the town is rural, it was once a thriving center for commerce associated with the regional oil boom in the late 1800s.

Renowned for its idyllic setting and well-tended properties, Harrisville is a popular tourist destination. Harrisville is located only four miles east of the lodge at North Bend State Park, and five miles south and southwest of the North Bend Rail Trail. The north fork of the Hughes River skirts the town to the north, where it has been impounded as a North Bend Lake.

Lodging near Harrisville, West Virginia

Parks & Public Recreation

Medical office at Harrisville

The following parks and public recreation facilities are located within 20 miles of Harrisville.


Harrisville is located at the junction of highways WV-31 and WV-16 approximately five miles south of the US-50 expressway at Ellenboro, West Virginia, and 15 miles north of the south fork of the Hughes River at Smithville, West Virginia.

Map of Harrisville, West Virginia

Regional Information

Harrisville is located in the Heartland Region in northwestern West Virginia.