Pleasants County, West Virginia | Make It Your Future

There’s more to life than work, and Pleasants County is the perfect home base for a bountiful array of activities. The Ohio River, the heart and soul of Pleasants County, is always open for the serious business of fun–boating, swimming, water skiing, biking, hiking, jet skiing, camping and fishing. Nature lovers investigate the plants and birds of the Middle Island National Wildlife Refuge, the only Department of the Interior island in West Virginia accessible by bridge. Local anglers look forward to competing with other casters across the state and country during the annual West Virginia Bass Festival. This three-day event grows in popularity every year, attracting top names in the sport.

Those who prefer a club to a rod can take to the links at St. Marys Golf Course. This 9-hole public links facility is challenging and picturesque. Modest membership and greens fees and cart rentals keep the facility busy with residents and guests.

Close to home, there’s a favorite pastime for every family member in the Pleasants County Parks, a safe place to swim, picnic, shoot hoops, play tennis or join a local sports league—there are several youth and adult leagues along with many clubs and organizations. The equipment and facilities make staying in shape easy.

The seasons in Pleasants County are marked by familiar events like summer ice cream socials that benefit the volunteer fire departments and a colorful Halloween parade. The winter holidays are celebrated with the Lights to the Past illuminating the nights in honor of friends and loved ones.

A 60+ member Community Band provides opportunities for artistic expression to adults of all ages. Several concerts are presented locally each year, and the band has traveled as far as Louisiana for special occasions. Costs for sheet music and related expenses are covered by public and private donations.

With less than two million people in the state, fewer than most major cities, West Virginia lets us escape traffic, noise and the pressure of urban life. In Pleasants County, the river and roads less traveled take residents and visitors to all the places they want to go - and bring them safely home again.

The history and heritage of Pleasants County are carefully preserved and accurately shared by the Pleasants County Historical Society. Hundreds of historical items have been collected, and many are on display in the Jim Spence Community and at the Pleasants County Developmen Authority. The Historical Society makes tracing family roots easier with a genealogical chart listing over 5,000 people, and an inventory of the 98 known cemeteries in the county which is over 70 percent complete.

  • Annual Events

  • Elks Youth Street Fair — May
  • St. Marys High School Alumni Week — Memorial Day
  • WV Bass Festival — June
  • VFD Ice cream socials, Belmont & St. Marys — August
  • Agricultural Youth Fair — September
  • Lights to the Past — December
  • Lodges

  • Amity Rebekah Lodge
  • Eastern Star Lodge
  • Elks Lodge
  • IOOF Lodge
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Moose Lodge
  • Special Interest
  • Business and Professional
  • Women’s Club
  • VFW
  • American Legion
  • AmVets
  • Coon Hunters Association
  • Homemakers Clubs
  • Youth Programs

  • 4-H Programs
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of America