Introduction to Dunbar, West Virginia
Dunbar, West Virginia, in Kanawha county, is located 5 miles W of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center) and is 129 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. The people of the city are in the Charleston metropolitan area. Dunbar has a population of 8,154.
Dunbar was named in honor of Dunbar Baines, a well known prominent Charleston based banker and lawyer. The city was officially incorporated in 1921. It was originally a farming community. Industries began in 1912 with the opening of bottling and glass plants. The city is located in Kanawha County, which was founded in 1789.
Dunbar and nearby Attractions
- Avampato Discovery Museum
- Dunbar Village Shopping Center
- Museum in the Community
- Kanawha State Forest
- Beech Fork State Park
- Buffington Island
Things To Do In Dunbar
One can shop at the Dunbar Village Shopping Center while in the city. The Dunbar Park provides amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. History buffs should visit the Avampato Discovery Museum and Museum in the Community. One can also plan a day trip to the Buffington Island. The Kanawha State Forest is nearby. The Hawks Nest State Park, Chief Logan State Park, and Beech Fork State Park are around an hour's drive away.
Tri - State Airport/Milton J. Ferguson Field provides facilities for air transportation.
Dunbar Higher Education
Higher studies can be pursued through West Virginia State College, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, and Marshall University.