• 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.

  • Library Stroll: Take a walk on the wild side and join us on Friday, July 17 at 10:00am for a stroll around the library grounds. Hillary Banachowski, community herbalist, will lead the walk. Please call 304-535-2301 to sign up. We will be outdoors practicing social distancing; wear a mask if you can. Please bring a sun hat.

  • ​​​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!

  • Footbridge Repairs - Harpers Ferry: The National Park Service has issued a permit to CSX to repair the Goodloe E. Byron Pedestrian Walkway (footbridge) across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. CSX will begin the project this week ( and anticipates that it will be completed by the end of July assuming no weather or pandemic related delays. CSX and the NPS are coordinating to fund and operate a shuttle service to provide free transportation for Appalachian Trail hikers and other visitors around the footbridge closure. The start date for this shuttle service is still to be determined. Visit go.nps.gov/HAFEfootbridge for more information.

  • 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 State of Emergency (declared March 16, 2020 - 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)


  • Official Closures:
    • Closed to Public, Still Operating:
      • Town of Bolivar (304-535-2476)
      • Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Library (304-535-2301)
      • WVU Medicine Hospitals & Clinics: No Visitors, Limited Exceptions 

  • 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 view the article and get more information, please click here.

  • Attention - Parking in Harpers Ferry: Effective 5:00 pm on Friday, March 27, 2020, the Town will be temporarily closing all public parking within the Corporation of Harpers Ferry.  Paid parking signs have been temporarily changed to no parking.  Residents with permits may continue to park along Washington Street. For more information, please click on this memo.

  • A Note From FirstEnergy: To safeguard the health and safety of FirstEnergy employees, contractors and its six million customers, the company’s Corporate Health and Safety group has implemented precautions aligned with the company’s medical consultants, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). To read the full list of actions, 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 - Pickup Available: The Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Public Library is now open for Next Day Pickup on Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.. Place holds through the website or call 304-535-2301. Once you have been notified that your holds are ready, please call to schedule a pickup. 

  • 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.


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.




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