Scary, West Virginia

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Unincorporated community
Scary is located in West Virginia
Scary is located in the US
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°26′5″N 81°51′11″W / 38.43472°N 81.85306°W / 38.43472; -81.85306Coordinates: 38°26′5″N 81°51′11″W / 38.43472°N 81.85306°W / 38.43472; -81.85306
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Putnam
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1555581[1]

Scary is an unincorporated community in Putnam County, West Virginia, United States. Its post office [2] closed in 1931.[3]

The community is located at the mouth of Scary Creek on the Kanawha River along U.S. Route 35.


During the US Civil War, the area that would become Scary, West Virginia was the site of the first Confederate victory in Kanawha Valley, on July 17, 1861.[4][5] This is commemorated by two distinct plaques, very near to each other, in the town today.[6]

A post office was established as Scary in 1886, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1931.[7]