Braxton County Background
Formed in 1836 from parts of Lewis, Kanawha and Nicholas counties and named for Carter Braxton, Virginia statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Important salt works were formerly located at Bulltown and here, in 1772, Captain Bull and his family and friendly Delaware Indians were massacred by frontiersman.
Braxton Game Range (6,851.75 acres) is located in this county.
Sutton Reservoir, area 1,700 acres; provides camping, boating, fishing (warm water species), flood control impoundment, trout in tail waters of dam. Sportsman's paradise—northern pike caught (state record 1970).
Burnsville Reservoir provides camping, boating, fishing, picnic areas and nature trails. The area is developed for wildlife management by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Leading industries and chief argricultural products: lumber, natural gas, livestock, poultry, dairying, hay and grain.
Braxton County Commission
300 Main Street PO Box 486, Sutton, WV 26601
Municipalities: Burnsville, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton.
County Seat: Sutton
Magisterial Districts (4): Eastern, Northern, Southern, Western
Voting Precincts: 18
Area: 519.70 square miles
Population (2010 Census): 14,523