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WV > Ravenswood

November 7, 2007
Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Situated along West Virginia 68, Ravenswood, WV offers a front row seat to the on goings of the Ohio River. This inviting small community is home to a little more than 4,000 residents and is claimed as the "Gateway to scenic West Virginia."

The city of Ravenswood lies on land that George Washington surveyed and purchased in 1772 from King George III, of England. During the Civil War the area marked where both Union and Confederate soldiers made strategic crossings over the Ohio River.

The West Virginia Assembly passed an act on March 10, 1852 chartering the city with the name Ravenswood. Henry Fitzhugh selected the name of the city after Lord Ravenswood, the hero of Sir Walter Scott's novel, The Bride of Lammermoor.

Today over 50 percent of Ravenswood employment is made up of manufacturing and educational services.

The lock house for the old Ohio River lock 22 has been turned into a museum near Ravenswood.

Fast facts-- 2000 Census Data
Population: 4,031
Total Households: 1,692
Median Household Income: $30,308
Median Age: 42.5
Average Household Size: 2.29

Ravenswood Schools
Henry J. Kaiser Elementary
Ravenswood Grade School

Middle Schools
Ravenswood Middle School

High Schools
Ravenswood High School

Article Photos

Downtown Ravenswood



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