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The first land battle of the Civil War occurred at Philippi on June 3, 1861. Col. B.F. Kelley and a detachment of Federal troops from George McClellan's army surprised and routed the newly recruited Confederates under the command of Col. George Alexander Porterfield.

Spanning the Tygart River is a covered bridge that was orginally built in 1852 and was used by both Confederate and Union forces during the battles. The bridge burned in 1989 but has been completely restored and is the only covered bridge still in use as a federal highway. From Fairmont to the north, the scenic portion of US 250 passes through Philippi on its 73-mile journey to Huttonsville.

Philippi Super 8 Motel |
History Barbour County Historical Society Museum |
Wildlife Viewing Gone Huntin' Guide and Outfitters | Philippi | Location: P.O. Box 5000, Philippi West Virginia 26416 Telephone 304-457-1958

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