Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Mason County Office
525 Viand Street
Courthouse Annex
Point Pleasant, WV 25550

Phone: 304-675-0888 (or 0889)
FAX: 304-674-6154
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 to 4:30

About Mason County

Mason County is in the western part of the state located northwest of Charleston and about 76 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio. Its northern and western boundary is the Ohio River which is the West Virginia state border with Ohio. It was formed in 1804 from Kanawha County. The county is named after George Mason (1725-1792), a Virginia planter, legislator, and constitutional theorist who authored the Constitution of Virginia during the American Revolutionary War era.

It is rural with a present territory of 433 square miles and a population of 25, 761. Its county seat and major city is Point Pleasant (pop. 4,637), located on the Ohio River in the western center of the county at the mouth of the Great Kanawha River. Other towns are Hartford, Henderson (pop. 325), Leon (pop. 132), Mason (pop. 1,064), and New Haven (pop. 1,559). All are either along or near the Ohio River or the Great Kanawha River. Both the Ohio River and the Great Kanawha River are navigable with two locks and dams on the Ohio River in Mason County. Railroad lines are along the courses of both major rivers. Within the county are two wildlife management areas: C. F. McClintic in the northern part of the county and Chief Cornstalk in the southern part. Point Pleasant is also the site of Battle Monument State Park where a famous frontier battle, Tu-Endi-Wei, occurred.

Major employment is in health care and social assistance, manufacturing, retail, fossil fuel electric and hydroelectric power generation and distribution, finance and professional, and water transportation. General medical and surgical hospital employment is at least one-fourth of those employed in health care and social assistance. Most manufacturing employment is in the making of basic chemicals, plastics, and resin products. The county is a member of the West Virginia Polymer Alliance Zone. There is also much manufacturing employment in the making of primary metals and fabricated metal products. There is noticeable economic activity and some employment in manufacturing wood pallets and containers. There is some notable growing of wheat, but major agricultural production is in corn, dairying, eggs, forage, raising horses, and soybeans.