Elizabeth, West Virginia's only county seat named for a woman, honors the wife of David Beauchamp, son of the first settler. The town predates Wirt County's formation by several decades. In 1845 Henry Howe described it as having “one Methodist and 1 Baptist church, a store, some mills, and about 25 dwellings.” Except for the addition of a courthouse, Howe's description still seems fairly accurate.
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