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Preston County

The Virginia General Assembly established Preston County on January 19, 1818, taking the land from Monongalia County. The new county was named for James Patton Preston, then governor of Virginia. Already, the Indians had retreated, forts Morris and Butler were no longer in use, the American Revolution and the War of 1812 were past, and the settlers could devote themselves to improving the quality of their lives.

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