Public Hearing

The Harrison County Commission will hold a public hearing at 9:15 A.M. on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 for the First reading of the Ordinance Prohibiting Motorized Vehicles from being operated on “Rail To Trails” located in Harrison County, WV with a public hearing for the Second reading to be held at 11:05 A.M. on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 in the County Commission Meeting Room located at the General Services Building 229 South Third Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301. The Public is invited to attend the public hearing to express concerns on the Rail Trail Ordinance. February 22, 2024 A copy of the Ordinance Prohibiting Motorized Vehicles from being operated on ”Rail To Trails” located in Harrison County, WV can be reviewed at the Office of the Harrison County Commission located on the third floor in the General Services Building, 229 South Third St. Clarksburg, WV 26301 during normal business hours of 8:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M. Monday thru Friday and online at www.harrisoncountywv.com. Written comments can be submitted prior to the scheduled hearing to the Office of the Harrison County Commission at the General Services Building, 229 South Third St. Clarksburg, WV 26301, or may be emailed to countyadministrator@harrisoncountywv.gov

Board of Equalization and Review

The Harrison County Commission has extended Board of Equalization and Review to include Tuesday February 27, 2024 the hearing will be at 11:00 A.M.

New Hours

As per the Harrison County Commission, business hours for all Harrison County Government offices, including Courthouse, General Services Building, Animal Control, Emergency Management, and Parks and Recreation, will be changing.  

Beginning Monday, February 5th, business hours will be 

8:00am to 4:00 pm, M-F.

From The Beginning

Harrison County was created from Monongalia County, Virginia, in 1784 and was named for Benjamin Harrison, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. It is located in the north central section of the state, 120 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and mid-way between Cincinnati, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.

Clarksburg, the county seat, was originally chartered in 1785. It was named for Gen. George Rogers Clark, a renowned explorer and Indian fighter. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was born there on January 21, 1824. General Jackson fought for the Confederacy, although Clarksburg was a Union stronghold.

Authorization for the first county courthouse was made in 1787 at a cost of $550. It was located on the corner of Main and 2nd streets. The frame building was constructed on eight stone piers about ten feet high and citizens tied their horses to the pillars while conducting business inside the courthouse.

The second courthouse was a two-story brick building located at the corner of Main (then Market) and 3rd streets, the same site as the present one. It cost $3,700 and was completed in 1811. A large tree trunk served as a whipping post at the rear of this structure.

The third courthouse, built in 1856, was on the same site as the second. It was a two-story brick with a cupola on top and had a wrought-iron balcony over the front entrance.

A three-story red brick courthouse was erected in 1888 at a bid of $46,000. A bell, as well as a clock, were saved from prior courthouses and placed in the tower. When it was only forty-four years old, the citizens opted to replace it with a $750,000 building - the present courthouse. John W. Davis, a native son and presidential nominee in 1924, gave the principal address at the dedication of this courthouse in 1932.

County Seat: Clarksburg
Area: 417.85 sq. miles
Population: 69,099 – 2010 census

Harrison County Commission Meetings are held every other Wednesday at 9:00 or 11:00 AM at the Harrison County General Services Building, 229 South Third St .