A Residential City and College Town
Philippi is a safe, peaceful town characterized by well-kept homes and lovely gardens. Residents know their neighbors and feel secure with emergency medical services, police and fire protection close by. Residents may walk to the main business district, and many enjoy walking from one end of town to the other.
Quality of life in Philippi is maintained by a mix of founding families and newer residents who often are employees of government, college, and health service agencies. Residents work well together in church and community groups.
Philippi is home to Alderson-Broaddus College, a four-year co-educational liberal arts institution affiliated with American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. The presence of the college in the community means local opportunity for academic study as well as for enjoyments of cultural and athletic events presented by the college. The college offers 44 majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
Climate and Natural Resources
The county's economy is based on natural resources: mining, wood products, and agriculture. There are more than 90,000 acres of forest land in the county, which is in the Appalachian Hardwoods Region.
Utilities and Services
The city provides 24-hour police protection. A modern fire station, constructed in 1977, houses 9 pieces of equipment, including a 0,000.00 pumper purchased in 1998. Police departments, emergency squads, and fire departments throughout the county are tied into an "Enhanced 911" emergency system located at the County Communications Center.
City Streets are well lighted. The downtown area is illuminated by high-pressure sodium lights.
The Philippi City Building includes a gymnasium and youth center, and meeting places for youth groups and community gatherings.
Other area facilities include a nine-hold golf course, and a ten-lane bowling alley.
The Barbour County Fairgrounds, 8 miles south of Philippi, provides camping and picnicking facilities as well as being the site for the annual county fair and the home of dramatic productions by the Covered Bridge Playhouse.
Teter Lake, 11 miles south of the city limits, is a 35-acre trout impoundment, which is stocked periodically. Pleasant Creek Public Hunting and Fishing Area, just 10 miles north of Philippi, offers camp sites, boating, rifle range, fishing and hunting. Audra State Park, 20 miles away, offers fishing, swimming, tent and trailer camping, and picnic areas. Nearby Tygart Lake State Park has picnicking and camping areas, as well as boat docking and swimming.
Whitewater rafting is conducted on the Tygart River and other rivers in the region. Skiing enthusiasts will find excellent slopes at Canaan Valley State Park and Snowshoe Resort Area, both less than 90 minutes drive from Philippi.
Accommodations and Restaurants
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the Covered Bridge Bed and Breakfast. The Queen Anne style house was built in 1883. Many original antiques still grace the home. For reservations or information call (304) 457-1890.