Scrabble, West Virginia

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Unincorporated community
Scrabble is located in West Virginia
Scrabble is located in the US
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 39°29′1″N 77°49′57″W / 39.48361°N 77.83250°W / 39.48361; -77.83250Coordinates: 39°29′1″N 77°49′57″W / 39.48361°N 77.83250°W / 39.48361; -77.83250
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Berkeley
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Scrabble is an unincorporated community in Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States. According to the Geographic Names Information System, the community has been known as Hard Scrabble, Hard Scrabble Town, and Hardscrabble throughout its history.

The community most likely was so named on account of treacherous local terrain.[1]

Scrabble Historic District[edit]

Scrabble Historic District
Location Scrabble Rd. and Dam No. 4 Rd., Scrabble, West Virginia
Area 62 acres (25 ha)
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP Reference # 06000171[2]
Added to NRHP March 22, 2006

Scrabble was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, with the district extending into Jefferson County.[2] The historic district comprises 62 acres (25 ha) of late 19th century buildings mixed with agricultural lands. The most prominent structures are the 1920 Mount Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church and the 1882 Scrabble School. A number of contemporary I-houses and smaller vernacular houses complete the district. The individually listed George Washington Hollida House is also in the district. The district lies primarily on Scrabble Road and Dam No. 4 Road in Berkeley County, and Silver Spring Road in Jefferson County. The county line is marked by Rocky Marsh Run, which runs through the community.[3]


  1. ^ 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. 560. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Taylor, David (July 2005). "Scrabble Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved April 4, 2011.