Virginia, West of West Virginia

On November 18, 2007 · 1 Comments

West Virginia split from Virginia in 1863 during the height of the Civil War, electing to remain with the Union while the rest of the Commonwealth remained firmly entrenched within the Confederacy. Tensions based on a divergent economies, cultures and geography simmered between the western and eastern portions of Virginia for decades leading up to the war, and ensuing hostilities drove a wedge down the Appalachian ridgelines. The founders of this new state elected to name it West Virginia in commemoration of their location and their heritage. But West Virginia isn’t fully west of Virginia, it’s actually, generally northwest. This presents an interesting anomaly with one chunk of Virginia further west than any spot in West Virginia.



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The red line that runs vertically down the right side of this map shows the furthest point of western longitude for West Virginia. The shaded triangle to the left of the line marks the area of Virginia that is completely west of West Virginia. This includes the entirety of Lee County and portions of Wise and Scott Counties. Thus, in spite of West Virginia’s name, it’s “strange geography” that its eastern cousin actually extends further west.

On November 18, 2007 · 1 Comments

One Response to “Virginia, West of West Virginia”

  1. […] some mistake. No mistake, just the way things are in some places. A better explanation is provided here if you’re interested…something about the Civil […]

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