Philippi, West Virginia

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Philippi (pronounced 'FILL-uh-pea') is a city in — and the county seat of — Barbour County, West Virginia, USA.[3] The population was 2,870 at the 2000 census. In 1861, the city was the site of the Battle of Philippi, known as "The Philippi Races". Although a minor skirmish, this is considered the earliest notable land action of the American Civil War.

Philippi is the home of Alderson-Broaddus College, a four-year liberal-arts college affiliated with the American Baptist Churches.

The city has a weekly newspaper, The Barbour Democrat.



Philippi is located along the Tygart Valley River at 39°9′6″N 80°2′36″W / 39.15167°N 80.04333°W / 39.15167; -80.04333 (39.151569, -80.043472)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²), of which, 2.8 square miles (7.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (3.40%) is water.

Most of the town is located in the Valley, but part of it, including the college campus, is on "Battle Hill" overlooking the Valley.

A railroad line runs through Philippi, but is now used only by freight trains, passenger rail service having been discontinued in 1957. (The old passenger-rail station has been turned into a museum.) The town is also served by the small, private Philippi-Barbour County Regional Airport.

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