Happy Birthday, Morgantown!

"Good Old Morgantown, Morgantown WV..."

Happy 236th Birthday, Morgantown!

Morgantown’s story dates back as early as 1772 when Colonel Zackquill Morgan settled near the Monongahela River, establishing a homestead near the present-day Fayette Street and University Avenue. In 1785, the Virginia Assembly chartered the territory, specifying that 50 acres of his land was to be laid out in lots of a half acre each. Shortly after, Morgan received the charter for the establishment of the town to be called, “Morgan’s Town” on October 17, 1785.

In 1790, the first national census was taken and Monongalia County had a population of 4,768. This made the county the sixth largest in population of the nine counties that existed at the time. Today, what we know as “Morgantown,” is one of the state’s fastest-growing cities. Morgantown’s community continues to thrive year after year with some of the best educational, industrial, financial, commercial and medical facilities available in the area.

No matter what brings you into town, whether it’s visiting your alma-mater, West Virginia University, traveling for work, or planning a weekend exploring the outdoor adventures or attending one-of-a-kind events and activities, Morgantown has something to offer everyone!

Plan your visit today and celebrate what Mountaineer Country has to offer! Have a favorite spot in town? Show us your photos by using #VisitMountaineerCountry!

Interested in attending more than one event this weekend? Stay overnight at one of the many hotels and lodgings in Morgantown. Click to reserve your stay.

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