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Welcome to Bolivar, where history, community, and natural beauty combine. Bolivar is a town of 1,100 located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, adjacent to the town of Harpers Ferry, and surrounded by the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. The town of Bolivar is just one mile from the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, off U.S. Route 340, an hour from Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.


  • From the Governor: Governor Justice has declared a mask mandate, to begin July 7th. All citizens must wear a mask when they are inside a building that is not their home, unless they are under 9 years old or have a medical condition that prevents it. For more information, please click here.

  • Census 2020: Don't forget about the Census! Respond to the Census today for a better West Virginia tomorrow! Deadline is September 30! Click here for a flyer.
    • There are 3 ways to be sure to be counted:
      • Online: 2020census.gov
      • By Phone: 844-330-2020
      • By Mailing in your Census form

  • Special Meeting: The Town of Bolivar will be holding a Special Meeting on Wednesday, Sept 23 at 6:30pm in the Bolivar Community Center. The Center will be open with a social distance setting for in-person attendance, but the meeting will also be available as a teleconference. For the agenda and teleconference information, please click here.

  • Library Board: The Town of Bolivar will be accepting letters of interest for a position for the Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library Board. Letters of interest may be mailed to the Town of Bolivar PO Box 37 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 or email to bolivarth@frontiernet.net, Attn: Laura Whittington. Letters of interest will be accepted until September 28, 2020

  • Canal Town Partnership: The Town of Bolivar will be accepting letters of interest for the position of board member for the Canal Town Partnership. Letters may be submitted to the Town of Bolivar office at PO Box 37 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 or email to bolivarth@frontiernet.net, Attn: Laura Whittington. Letters will be received until September 28, 2020.

  • Headstone Repair: The Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation is working in conjunction with the Cedar Hill Cemetery on a program to collect sponsorships for repairing headstones. Sponsorships are available on a first come-first served basis. If you are interested in participating in a headstone workshop on Saturday, October 31st, please contact the Foundation at harpersferryfoundation@gmail.com. For more information on this sponsorship opportunity, please download this flyer.

  • ​Fire Hydrant Flushing: The Harpers Ferry Water Works will be conducting the annual fire hydrant flushing beginning on Monday, October 5. For more information, please click here.

  • Broadband Survey: Jefferson County is conducting a Business and Residential Broadband Survey to assess your business broadband service and needs. The goal is to develop a comprehensive set of strategies to bring high performance broadband and Internet services to business community and residential areas of the county. Please complete the following surveys to participate!

  • ​​​Bolivar Childrens Park: The Bolivar Children’s Park is open to the public beginning June 12, 2020. The park equipment, benches and picnic tables have been sanitized. There are signs posted in our park to remind everyone to continue to practice social distancing. We will continue to follow the guidelines set by the County Health Department, Office of the Governor, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure public safety. A special thanks to the citizens of Bolivar for your patience during these uncertain times. As we move gradually into this reopening phase, we would like to request that individuals provide hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes as they visit our park. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Enjoy your summer!

  • Walgreens COVID-19 Testing Site: Walgreens has partnered with the DHHR to be a full time COVID-19 testing site. Testing will be available at no cost, 9am-5pm every day, in the drive thru at the Walgreens in Charles Town. For more information, please click here: English, Spanish.

  • FDA Warning - Hand Sanitizer: FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. To view a list of products manufactured by Eskbiochem, please click here.

  • ​Corona Virus Updates: 

    • Harpers Ferry Water Works & PSD Announcement (Flyer: Link)
    • Jefferson County Schools Updates & Lunch Schedules (Website: Link)
    • Jefferson County Community Organizations Active in Disaster Info (PDF: Link)
    • World Health Organization Updates (Website: Link)
    • WV Dept of Health and Human Resources Updates (Website: Link)
    • Jefferson County Health Dept updates (Website: Link)
    • CDC guidance for businesses (Website: Link) 

  • Need Assistance?
    • ​For resources or assistance, call: 211
    • For health or medical questions about coronavirus, call: 1-800-887-4304
    • To reach the Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
    • For Help with applying for unemployment benefits: 1-800-252-5627
    • Food Resources: Download PDF

  • Ogden Newspapers Business Fund: Eastern Panhandle businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Journal, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching advertising dollars. To apply, please click here.

  • Attention - Appalachian Trail: On May 20, 2020, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy issued updated Guidelines for A.T. Day Hikers and Overnight Hikers. To view those guidelines, please click here. To view response and closure information from the ATC, please click here.

  • Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Library - Free WiFi: The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library is following suit with many public libraries across the country and opening up their wifi for patrons without a password. People can use wifi 2301 and gain access from the main parking lot of the library if wifi is needed. Also picnic tables are set up and properly spaced for patrons.

  • Census 2020: Many of you will be receiving notices to complete the 2020 Census. As a small community, the national census is vital to receive funds for local services, such as the fire department and schools. Please make sure to complete the forms either by mail or online. Not sure of the best way to respond? Click here for more information.

  • Census Jobs: You can make a difference, help your community, and earn extra income for doing it! On March 7th, the US Census Bureau will begin their biggest hiring effort for the 2020 Census. Apply online now at 2020.census.gov/jobs​​​


  • Burning Law: The City of Bolivar would like to remind everyone of the current Burning Laws in place in WV. The hours of allowed burning are 5:00pm-7:00am (March 1-May 31 & Oct 1- Dec 31). Maximum Fine is $1000 for violating this law. For more information, please click here.

  • Attention Bolivar Business Owners: Please be sure to submit proper documentation in order to obtain a Bolivar Business license. Licenses will not be issued without current application. More information and proper documentation can be found on our Working page. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • Hotel Occupancy Tax: On November 2, 2018, the Corporation of Bolivar adopted a Hotel Occupancy Tax. This tax applies to all hotels in the municipality and is to be paid by the Hotel Operator each quarter. For a copy of the full Hotel Occupancy Tax Notice, click here. To download the Hotel Occupancy Tax Return Form, click here. For questions, contact Town Hall at 304-535-2476.​ 

  • Monthly Meetings: Town Council meetings are the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM. 
    Planning Commission meetings are the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 PM. Both meetings take place in the Bolivar Community Center located at 60 Panama Street. Agendas for these meetings can be found on our Government Page

  • Community Center: If you would like to rent the Community Center for an event, please contact Laura Whittington at (304) 535-2476 or bolivarth@frontiernet.net. The Bolivar Community Park is free to use and does not require reservations.

  • ​​Facebook: The Town of Bolivar is now on Facebook! You will now be able to get news, alerts, and event information on your Facebook News Feed by joining our new 'Town of Bolivar WV' page. To visit the page, click here.

  • Sign up for Nixle Alerts: Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management now offers emergency alert notifications by text, email, Twitter, and Facebook through a product called Nixle. In order to sign up for these alerts go to https://local.nixle.com/register/ or text your zip code to 888777 and then text JCHSEM to the same number. There is no charge to sign up for Nixle services.

  • EPTA Token Transit: The Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority now accepts Token Transit, a mobile app that allows you to purchase bus fair for yourself or to send tickets to your friends & family. To download the app, click here.