American Independence was declared in 1776, the same year Monongalia County was created from Virginia’s District of West Augusta. Named Monongalia as it was the land of the Monongahela River, it was home to a few settlers and Native American Tribes of Delaware, Shawnees, and Iroquois. The pioneer spirit of that time infused our county as it grew through the years from a farming and then coal based economy to an educational center with the establishment of West Virginia University in 1867. Artisans and craftsmen created a world famous glass industry in the county that is still present today. Establishment of the Medical Center Complex in 1952 began another avenue of development in medical growth of WVU that would be augmented by the establishment of Mon Health System and Mylan Pharmaceuticals.
Welcome then to Monongalia County, steeped in traditional and progressive values to enable diverse business development. Our mountains, lakes and people invite you to visit and see for yourself what we have to offer. West Virginia is truly wild and wonderful and beckons you to Monongalia County where country roads invite you to explore for yourself.