Rowlesburg is a town and former coal town in Preston County, West Virginia, along the Cheat River.

It was incorporated as a town in 1858 andnamed for Thomas Rowle, a railroad engineer.
The Downtown Rowlesburg Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.


Take Pride in your Hometown.

Rowlesburg: “A Flagship Community”
Article submitted by Anna R. Nassif

Rowlesburg was and is in essence and continues to this day in the pioneering spirit. Another wave is manifested in what is

happening in Rowlesburg now. More recently the town and its organizations, old and new, have accelerated their working

process to restore the town to its former glory.

Rowlesburg, a “Flagship Community,” (so says Ron Brown) and its citizens and organizations have been taking pride in their

hometown through revitalization efforts that have been underway since the Great Flood of 1985. For more than a decade

practically all of the town organizations and its citizens have been working on at least one project such as fixing up properties,

beautifying the town, planting flowers, writing books, working with streetscape projects, keeping the park in shape and more.

Many persons, living and deceased, have worked tirelessly in their own unique and special ways to help bring Main Street

back to its old self and to assist Rowlesburg to make a steady recovery.

Many neighboring towns have pitched in to help in one way or another.


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