Philippi, population 2,870, is the county seat of Barbour County, located in
the north central portion of West Virginia on U.S. Routes 119 and 250.
Chartered in 1844, Philippi offers modern conveniences in an
historical setting. The site of the first land battle of the
Civil War, the town contains many reminders of its beginnings
as the county seat of Barbour County, Virginia. Its famed Covered
Bridge, the only two-lane covered bridge in the federal highway
system, leads into an attractive and progressive community of
locally owned businesses, professional services, and safe residential
The first land battle of the Civil War is commemorated in the annual
"Blue and Gray Reunion" historical re-enactment. Sections of
Philippi have been awarded "historic district" status.
Visitors may trace Philippi's history and development at the
Historical Museum, Blue and Gray Park, and the downtown historical
district. Alderson Broaddus University, a Baptist-affiliated four-year
liberal arts university, is located here.
Philippi offers good schools, churches, recreational facilities,
a public library, hospital and clinics, a modern motel, a bed
and breakfast, fine restaurants, three banks, and a variety of
businesses. The city owns its own electrical, broadband fiber, and television cable
systems. A city-owned 50,000 square foot building and a 20-acre
industrial park are available for new industry.
Philippi has established planning and housing authorities, annexed
residential and business areas and a housing development. The city continues to upgrade
utilities, streets, sidewalks and curbing. Philippi has been designated an
"All West Virginia Community" by the state Chamber of Commerce each year for
more than a decade, and in 1991 won first place in the All-West Virginia Community
for cities of its size. Philippi was selected to receive the All-America City Award in June 2004.
Philippi is near I-79, 20 minutes to the West. 20 minutes to the South is Corridor H. Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and
Maryland are less than a two-hour drive. The Philippi/Barbour County Regional Airport has a 3200 foot runway
and is equipped with dawn-to-dusk lights.
Philippi, A Good place to visit; a Great Place to Live.