Brooke County, in the northern panhandle of West Virginia (WV), was created in 1797 and named for Virginia governor Robert Brooke. Its county seat is at Wellsburg, though Weirton, is its largest city. The first European settlers in Brooke County were the Cox brothers, who arrived in the early 1770s. Alexander Campbell, who founded of the Disciples of Christ, settled here and established Bethany College at Bethany, WV. The first Grimes Golden apple tree was discovered and developed here by Thomas Grimes. The Ohio River flows across the western flank of the county from north to south. As of the 2010 census, the population of Brooke County was 24,609.
Cities & Towns in Brooke County
Parks & Public Recreation Facilities
Castleman Run Lake Wildlife Management Area
Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Wellsburg Memorial Park (Wellsburg, WV)
Brooke County Historic Landmarks
Regional Information for Brooke County, West Virginia
Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation in Brooke County may be found in our guide to travel in the Northern Panhandle Region in northern West Virginia, in which Brooke County is located.