Palestine, Wirt County, West Virginia

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Unincorporated community
Palestine is located in West Virginia
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 39°1′48″N 81°24′24″W / 39.03000°N 81.40667°W / 39.03000; -81.40667Coordinates: 39°1′48″N 81°24′24″W / 39.03000°N 81.40667°W / 39.03000; -81.40667
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Wirt
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Palestine is an unincorporated community in Wirt County, West Virginia, in the United States. It is located at the confluence of the Little Kanawha River and Reedy Creek,[1] at 39°01′48″N 81°24′24″W / 39.03000°N 81.40667°W / 39.03000; -81.40667, at an elevation of 682 feet (208 m).[2] Its ZIP code is 26160.[3] The community was named for Palestine.[4]

Prior to 1905, the name of Palestine's post office was Reedy Ripple, to distinguish its name from a community named "Palatine" in Marion County; the name "Reedy Ripple" derived from an accumulation of gravel in the Little Kanawha River at the mouth of Reedy Creek.[4] Palestine gained notice in 2003 for being the hometown of Jessica Lynch.

The Buffalo Church near Palestine was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[5]


  1. ^ West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1997. p. 33. ISBN 0-89933-246-3. 
  2. ^ Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Palestine (Feature ID #1544536)". Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  3. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  4. ^ a b Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, West Virginia: The Place Name Press. pp. 470–471. 
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.