Wardensville, West Virginia

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Wardensville is a town in Hardy County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 246 at the 2000 census. Originally named Trout Run, Wardensville[1] was chartered in Virginia in 1832 and incorporated in West Virginia in 1879. It is named for the town's first merchant. It is home to Trout Pond, which is the largest natural lake in West Virginia. Wardensville is known for its abundance of wildlife, which is one reason why people from all over have cabins tucked into Wardensville's beautiful scenic countryside. Wardensville hosts The Fall Festival, a gathering of people from all over the state of West Virginia and areas of Northern Virginia. The Fall Festival usually lasts for 3 days and provides a unique insight into the Appalachian culture and its customs. Wardensville offers a unique recreational experience to anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Among the countless trails, Wardensville also contains J. Allen Hawkins memorial town park; consisting of several baseball fields and covered shelters, perfect for company picnics. The park includes the Red C. Funkhouser honorary swimming pool, placed at the top of a hill, overlooking the rest of the park. In addition to the pool, the surrounding area contains a full length basketball court, two full sized tennis courts and a sand volleyball court. Capon Valley Bank's main branch is located on Main Street.[3]



Wardensville is located at 39°4′32″N 78°35′40″W / 39.07556°N 78.59444°W / 39.07556; -78.59444 (39.075573, -78.594534)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²), all land.

A whitewater stretch of the Lost River (West Virginia) flows just above the town from the southwest and once it reaches Wardensville is re-named the Cacapon River. The stream continues to flow northeasterly towards its eventual destination at the Potomac River.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 246 people, 104 households, and 63 families residing in the town. The population density was 306.4/km² (798.1/mi²). There were 126 housing units at an average density of 156.9/km² (408.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.93% White, 0.81% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 1.63% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races.

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