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August 24
1923. Ku Klux Klan members marched in Harpers Ferry.

Welcome to the West Virginia GeoExplorer Project!

The West Virginia GeoExplorer Project is an innovative geographically-based web resource for exploring the history, culture, and architecture of West Virginia. Jefferson County serves as the starting point for project efforts, which will later be expanded to encompass the rest of the state.

Using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, digital imaging, and the rich concentration of local primary historical materials, it is a freely-available resource for scholars, students, professionals, and laymen, with potential uses ranging from a digital archives of primary sources, to a research and educational tool, to an integral part of the community's planning and development process.


What's New to WVGP!

The West Virginia GeoExplorer Project: Using Digital Technology to Study Time, Place, and People - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
View article: HERE 
Check out the New Historical Gazetteer Feature - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

gaz - et - teer: a geographical index or dictionary 

This Historical Gazetteer is a geographical database of place names found in historical documents.  Instead of just helping you find locations in the present or recent past, it can guide you to them based on earlier names, alternate spellings, time period, and other criteria.

It currently contains about 3,500 place names for locations in Jefferson County, WV.  It will be expanded to include other portions of the State as time permits.

New Scan of 1883 S. Howell Brown Map of Jefferson County, WV - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

We have a new scan of the 1883 S. Howell Brown Map available. This was done from an original on a modern, overhead scanner by a company in Martinsburg, WV.

Special thanks to: Docutex Division of HMS TECHNOLOGIES INC. For this.

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1966 Photos of the Peter Burr House - Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Taken by Martha Burr Holingsworth and her family on a 1966 visit to the Peter Burr House. To view the photos and her letter search the Bibliography using Author = Hollingsworth. 
Materials from the Middleway Conservancy - Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Jefferson County Historic Landmarks is currently digitizing the holdings of the Middleway Conservancy under a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council. The collection includes Civil War letters, photographs, oral history interviews, ledgers, and other important historic materials. Check back and watch the online collection grow!
To view these materials: (1) Click the Search button on the Home page. (2) On the Search Interface page, find text containing Middleway Conservancy and click Search
Photographs from Jefferson County Building Surveys Now Available Online - Saturday, September 01, 2012

You can view all of the photographs taken in the 2005 Countywide survey and the 2011 Shepherd University Survey of Middleway and Summit Point by using the Search Database feature.  Set yout search parameters to Medium = Photographs and Topics = Architecture.

To view only the former survey add the search parameter Author = Taylor.  For the Shepherd U. survey, use Author = Alexander, Keith.

1810 - 1880 Censuses of Jefferson County, VA, Now Online - Saturday, April 14, 2012
The 1810 - 1880 Censuses of Jefferson County, Virginia, are now searchable.  Go to Search | Search 1810 (or other census) on the Menu bar.  Click the page number of a record to view the original census page.  The contents of this and other censuses are described in more detail on the Search | Search Census page.

Population Summaries for Jefferson County and Its Neighbors, 1790 to 2010 - Saturday, April 14, 2012
Go the the bottom of the Search Census page to compare population growth in Jefferson County (West) Virginia with that of Berkeley and Morgan Counties (West) Virginia, Clarke, Loudoun, and Frederick Counties in Virginia, and Frederick and Washington counties, in Maryland.

Virginius Island GIS map - Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The map graphically displays the Virginius Island information contained in the deeds as well as tentative locations of structures described in Snell's History of the Island of Virginius: 1751 to 1870. read more ...