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Barboursville, located near the junction of the Mud and Guyandotte rivers, was founded in 1813 and named for James Barbour, who was governor of Virginia at the time. In 1835, a visitor described it as a “handsome little village.” In its early years, the village was home to small factories and other businesses. The James River & Kanawha Turnpike ran straight through the little town. A side road connected the turnpike to the nearby village of Guyandotte.

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