Putnam County History & Heritage

Oct 12, 2021 | Itineraries | 0 comments

Putnam County was formed in 1848 leaving a lot of history to be discovered throughout the County. James W. Hoge was one of the first representatives of Putnam County and the home he eventually lived in still exists today and is open for tours. Another piece of heritage is the Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail which is a scenic byway that rolls right through Putnam County.

There is a significant amount of Civil War history in Putnam County and several battles, including the Battle of Scary Creek.

Below is a list of several sites or sources of information that capture the heritage and history of Putnam County.

Putnam County Quilt Trail
Perfect for a day trip – take a drive across county lines to catch the unique quilt squares on display at various places from the Putnam County Courthouse to the barns along Red House Hill! The quilt trail features several printed quilt squares along several back roads of Putnam County. Find all of the squares listed over on the Putnam County Quilt Trail page.

Hoge House
A historic landmark, the Hoge House is one of the oldest structures in Putnam County located behind the Putnam County Courthouse and was home to James W. Hoge, one of the first representatives of the County. It was also Putnam County’s first Judicial Annex and library. Find out more on their listing.

WV Drag Racers Hall of Fame
Collection of WV drag racing memorabilia located in the lobby of the Winfield Municipal Building. Open during regular Municipal building hours. 304-586-2122 | 12448 Winfield Road

Civil War History
Several Civil War battles were fought in Putnam County including the Battle of Scary Creek and more. Find the most valuable civil war history with Putnam County information included on the Civil War Trails organization website.