EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSKanawha County Observes 225th Birthday Thursday
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 14, 2013 1:07 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 14, 2013 9:45 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Thursday was a special day for Kanawha County.
It marked the 225th birthday of the county, which was named after the Kanawha River.
Kanawha County was 10 times larger at the time than it is now. Now, the county remains the fourth largest in the state, at more than 908 square miles.
It is featured on the home page of e-WV, West Virginia's online encyclopedia.
County leaders hosted a party at the courthouse to celebrate the milestone.
Kanawha County is marking its 225th birthday on Thursday.
To mark the occasion, birthday cake will be served at 5 p.m. at the Kanawha County Commission and attendees will sing “Happy Birthday.”
Also to observe the occasion, the West Virginia Humanities Council said in a news release that Kanawha County is being featured Thursday on the home page of e-WV, the online West Virginia Encyclopedia. The encyclopedia's "This Date in History" feature includes the county's formation date and links users to a more detailed article on the history of Kanawha County at this link
Kanawha County is named for the Kanawha River that flows through it. It was created Nov. 14, 1788, at 10 times its present size. The county remains West Virginia's fourth largest, at 908.4 square miles.
"We have scores of articles relating to Kanawha County people and history," e-WV publisher Ken Sullivan said. "We encourage county residents and everyone interested in the Mountain State to visit e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at http://www.wvencyclopedia.org."
A project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, e-WV is a free interactive website that features more than 2,300 articles and thousands of multimedia assets on West Virginia's history, culture, people, and places.
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