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Philippi, West Virginia is an idyllic town where history meets hospitality. Nearly three thousand people call Philippi, West Virginia home. Thousands of individuals visit the town each year to share in cultural, educational, and historic events. The city, located in the north central portion of state, is the county seat of Barbour County. Philippi offers good schools, churches, recreational facilities, medical services, a modern motel, fine restaurants, and a variety of locally owned businesses.
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 this idyllic town 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.
The city claims a significant place in American history as the site of the first land battle of the Civil War, which took place on and around the historic Philippi Covered Bridge. The event is commemorated during the annual “Blue and Gray Reunion” re-enactment weekend.
The county’s economy is based on natural resources: mining, wood products, and agriculture. There are more than 90,000 acres of forestland in the county, which is in the Appalachian Hardwoods Region.
Excellent educational opportunities are available from pre-schools through college. Of the county’s nine pubic schools, seven have been built since 1979. The newest school building is the high school completed in 2005. The high school is located four miles south of Philippi in the geographical center of the county. An elementary and middle school are located within the city limits. Two day care centers and two private Christian schools are also located within 5 miles of Philippi. West Virginia University in Morgantown, Fairmont State University in Fairmont, Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, and Davis and Elkins College in Elkins are all within an hour’s drive.
Philippi is home to Alderson Broaddus University, a four-year co-educational institution deeply rooted in the liberal arts and affiliated with American Baptist Churches, and the WV Baptist Convention. The university brings opportunity for academic study and the excitement of cultural and athletic events it sponsors. The university offers over 30 majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, and four areas leading to an Associate degree.
Philippi has one hospital, five medical clinics, and several physicians, including dentists, optometrists and chiropractors.
City water is supplied by the Tygart, Buckhannon, and Middle Fork rivers through a filtration system having a pumping capacity of millions of gallons a day. A new $14.1M water treatment plant was completed in 2013. The waste treatment plant is currently being upgraded. The city electric system is one of two municipally owned electric power systems in the state. Natural gas for residents is provided by Allegheny Energy.
The city provides 24-hour police protection. A modern fire station with upgraded equipment is located within the city limits. Police departments, emergency squads, and fire departments throughout the county are tied into an “Enhanced 911” emergency system located at the new 911 Center.
City streets and the downtown are well lit.
Philippi has three progressive banks and numerous locally owned businesses including clothing, hardware, and grocery stores, restaurants, auto dealers, pharmacies, real estate offices, insurance companies, and stores specializing in gifts, vintage items, office supplies, health and beauty aids. Professional services such as accounting, law, engineering, printing, and computer assistance are also centered in Philippi.
The city-owned Dayton Park has picnic sites and a swimming pool, playground, and an outdoor basketball court. The city also operates playgrounds, tennis courts (in partnership with Alderson Broaddus University), a skateboard area, basketball courts, and Little League and youth league baseball and soccer fields. Additional recreational facilities, including archery, swimming, weightlifting, and racquetball, are available at Alderson-Broaddus University Coliseum, a health and physical education center serving both university and community.
The Philippi City Building includes a gymnasium and meeting places for youth groups and community gatherings.
Other area facilities include a nine-hole golf course, a ten-lane bowling alley, and a youth center operated by a local non-profit organization.
Traditional dining and motel accommodations are available in Philippi, and a new motel is scheduled for construction and occupancy in 2014. Area restaurants cater to diners enjoying BBQ, “down home cooking,” Chinese foods, and some of the area’s best hot dogs, burgers, and wings.