Preston County West Virginia
“Preston County, West Virginia: Roam Free! “
Preston County, in northeastern West Virginia, was formed in 1818 from Monongalia County and named in honor of James Patton Preston, the governor of Virginia from 1816 until 1819. Its county seat is at Kingwood. The central county is sometimes referred to as the state “Buckwheat Belt.” Preston County has long been a leader in buckwheat production statewide in West Virginia.
The Cheat River flows northwestward through the central county, and a small area of the southeastern county is drained by the Youghiogheny River. Both rivers are counted among the most popular streams for whitewater rafting in the eastern U.S.