Taylor County, in northeastern West Virginia (WV), was created in 1844 and named in honor of Senator John Taylor of Caroline. Its seat is at Grafton. The Tygart Valley River courses northward through the county and is impounded in its south as Tygart Lake.
The county is almost entirely rural, and its chief industries are farming and coal mining. Railroading was formerly a chief source of commerce in Grafton. The home of Anna Jarvis, the founder of the Mother’s Day, and the International Mother’s Day Shrine, at Grafton, are popular tourist attractions. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 16,895.
Cities & Towns in Taylor County
Fetterman, West Virginia
Flemington, West Virginia
Grafton, West Virginia
Knottsville, West Virginia
Lesmalinston, West Virginia
Lucretia, West Virginia
Meadland, West Virginia
Pruntytown, West Virginia
Rosemont, West Virginia
Simpson, West Virginia
Thornton, West Virginia
Parks & Public Recreation Facilities
Taylor County Historic Landmarks
Grafton National Cemetery (Grafton, WV)
Regional Information for Taylor County, West Virginia
Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation in Taylor County may be found in our guide to travel in the Monongahela Valley Region of northern West Virginia, in which Taylor County is located.