Brown, West Virginia

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Coordinates: 39°23′15.3″N 80°27′39.4″W / 39.387583°N 80.460944°W / 39.387583; -80.460944

Brown is an unincorporated community in Harrison County, in the U.S. state of West Virginia.[1]


It was in 1790 that the first white settlers took up permanent residence on Little Tenmile Creek at what would become the community of Brown. These were James Kelly (1760-1810) and his wife Elizabeth (Swiger) Kelly (1764-1824). Initially, the settlement was known as "Brown's Mills", but a post office shortening the name to "Brown" was established in 1894, and remained in operation until 1966.[2] The community derives its name from John Brown, an early settler and the proprietor of local grist mills.[3]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brown, West Virginia
  2. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 132.