• Mask Mandate: During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Justice outlined the CDC’s recent announcement that anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, regardless of crowd size. The Governor went on to announce that he would be signing an executive order to immediately modify West Virginia’s face covering requirement to follow the updated CDC guidance for fully vaccinated West Virginians. “Our face covering requirement no longer applies to you if you are fully vaccinated,” Gov. Justice said. The Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement is still in effect for all West Virginians who are not yet fully vaccinated, and will remain in effect for these individuals until June 20, 2021.

  • Office Closed: The Town Office will be closed on Friday, June 18th in observance of Juneteenth and on Monday, June 21st for West Virginia Day.

  • Job Fair: There is a Job Fair scheduled for July 7, 10am-4pm at Ranson Civic Center sponsored by all five towns Harpers Ferry, Bolivar, Charles Town, Shepherdstown and Ranson, the JCDA, Chamber of Commerce and JCCVB. Full and Part-time positions available; Complimentary Resume Review; Free snacks & Door Prizes. 

  • HF Water Commission: The Town of Harpers Ferry has opened a seat on the Harpers Ferry Water Commission for a representative from the Town of Bolivar to serve on the Harpers Ferry Water Commission. This position is open to all Bolivar residents and is intended to ensure that Bolivar’s interests are represented on the Commission. Expectations include attending monthly and other special Water Commission meetings and attending monthly Bolivar Town Council meetings to provide updates and information. Expressions of interest from Bolivar residents to serve on the Water Commission may be made by sending an email to the Bolivar town clerk at bolivarth@frontiernet.net. The appointment is for three years. The Water Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held via Zoom until further notice. Please respond by July 1, 2021.

  • Election Results: Congratulations to the newly elected Bolivar town officials! New term begins July 1, 2021.
    • ​Helen Dettmer-Mayor
    • P. Jean Reed -Recorder
    • Council Members:
      • Sarah Gordon
      • John Paul Heafer
      • Sandi Marra
      • Amanda McDaniel
      • Stephen Paradis

  • HEPMPO Long Range Transportation Plan: The Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization (HEPMPO) is a federally mandated multi-modal transportation planning organization assigned to assist the Washington (MD), Berkeley (WV) and Jefferson County (WV) regions in planning for future transportation needs. The Long Range Transportation Plan is seeking input on regional priorities, new and planned highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects and public insights on safety, freight, congestion and quality of life. 

    In order to gain insight about present and future transportation needs the Region and in Hagerstown, we are asking YOU to help us identify specific issues, concerns and thoughts regarding transportation in the area.  The HEPMPO, in cooperation with local and state agencies, has developed an online survey that seeks input on road improvements, transit routes, sidewalks, traffic, bike paths, maintenance concerns, accessibility and mobility issues.  Please take the survey at http://metroquestsurvey.com/xm4t4s from now until June 30th to help us. Written comments may be mailed to the HEPMPO’s office (33 W. Washington Street - Suite 402, Hagerstown, MD 21740) or sent via email to mmullenax@hepmpo.net.  All comments must be received by Wednesday, June 30, 2021.  More information on the Long Range Transportation Plan development process can be found at: hepmpodirection2050.com

    In addition we will be holding three public meetings to discuss the plan update and receive survey input:
    • June 22, 5:00-6:30pm - Martinsburg (Martinsburg Public Library, Martinsburg Room-Top Floor)
    • June 23, 5:00-6:30pm - Ranson (Ranson City Hall, Conference Room-Third Floor)
    • June 29, 4:00-5:30pm - Hagerstown (Washington County Free Library, Conference Room 334)
  • Library Events:
    • Make Fairy Houses at Washington St Pottery: June 30, 2021 at 6:00pm. Length: 1 hr 30 min. Adult Program. Please call after June 1 to reserve a sign up, as seating is limited.
    • Friday Night Bingo: July 16, 2021 at 5:00pm. Free program. Please call after June 1 to reserve a sign up, as seating is limited. Must be 18 or older to play.
    • Holiday Crafts in July: July 21, 2021 at 6:00pm. Will make 3 designs. Free program. Please call after June 1 to reserve a sign up, as seating is limited. Must be 18 or older to play.
    • Free Concert: July 31, 2021 from 6:00-9:00pm. Billy & The Curley Brothers play a range of covers which include instrumental Irish music, traditional pub songs, folk, country, and classic rock.

  • Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program: Real help for West Virginia renters is here! The Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program is now open and accepting applications. If you are a renter who is struggling to pay rent or utilities because of financial hardship due to the Coronavirus, you may be eligible for assistance. To find out more, visit the website here.

  • Tree Replacement: The Town of Bolivar is excited to begin the first phase of our street beautification project which is being made possible by a grant awarded to Mayor Dettmer and the Town of Bolivar.  This project will be completed in many phases over the course of several years and will greatly add to the accessibility, walkability, and beauty of our beloved little town. 

    The removal of some of the Bradford Pears that line W. Washington Street is the intended first phase of the project.  The removal of some of these trees is due to their overgrowth and disturbance of sidewalks and power lines throughout town.  Over time, the intention of the project is to replace the Bradford Pears with native trees and other beautiful and accessibility friendly installations.  


  • 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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