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Taylor County -- A Community's Vision
If you come to visit, you might just want to stay!
We who are fortunate to live here, wish to share our rich history, the beauty of nature that surrounds us, and a lively cultural scene that enriches our lives.

Welcome to Taylor County, West Virginia.

As residents, we know that in order to make a place for our children to grow and prosper—we must polish our past and enhance our future. Drawing on our greatest asset—our talented, imaginative, and generous people—we see Taylor County as a burgeoning center for heritage tourism, as well as healthy living and recreation. We are therefore capitalizing on a vibrant community spirit to not only bring back the fading glory of our communities, but also to expand in new directions to make our county something truly special.

Grafton is the county seat of Taylor County—but all across the county are small communities that are rich in history. The railroad played an important role in the founding of Grafton and also with many of the other communities. From the early days of mills to grind grain, to a brewery, glass factories, coal mines, a brick yard, and more—Taylor County has family farms, small businesses, factories, state parks, flood control dam, and tons of history.

Efforts to save historic Taylor County buildings can be as simple as a good cleaning and a coat of new period appropriate paint to bring out the architectural details. Shown above is the transformation on a window of the Brinkman building in downtown Grafton. The structure houses Gallery 62 West of the Taylor County Arts Council. The building is part of the designated historic district of downtown Grafton. Shown above left, is the 130 year old window. Above right, is the window after the efforts of careful, volunteering hands.

photos by Blaine Porter
Efforts are now under way to save our historic buildings for productive economic use. We have talented and imaginative citizens who want to preserve and teach the disappearing skills that built such buildings and towns in the first place. As an education center, our goals are to pass on fading arts so that others can work the same magic elsewhere.

Active community groups like the Arts Council, Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Garden Club, Historical Society, International Mother’s Day Shrine Foundation, the West Virginia Trades Preservation Council and others are working magic together.

We are delighted that our past is so rich, but we are even more excited that our future is so bright. There are new businesses going into restored historic buildings and these will create jobs for our youth and opportunities for new residents. Our communities each still have popular gathering spots. Some of these are bringing laughter and music to walls that long echoed only with fading voices from the past.

We’ve long known that Taylor County is a great place to live; now others are discovering it’s a great place to visit as well. But be careful, If you come to visit—you just might want to stay.

 

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