• Frosty Fest: Frosty Fest is set to launch in Jefferson County on January 26th thru January 29th. This event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Visitors Bureau. Bolivar is inviting all residents to participate in a door decorating contest during these dates. Prizes will be awarded to first, second & third place winners. The door decorating contest will be a Snowman Theme. The contest is open to all businesses and residents in Bolivar. In order to be included in the contest, please email your name and address to bolivarth@frontiernet.net or call our office at 304-535-2476.

  • Upcoming Events at the Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Public Library:
    • ​​Jan 27-28: The Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Library will be hosting a Pinecone Take-N-Make in collaboration with FrostyFest on January 27-28. All ages are welcome; first come, first served. Kit includes: 5 pinecones, peanut butter, bird seed, and twine.
    • ​Feb 17: The Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Library is hosting a Garden Seed Prep Class on Friday, February 17 at 6:00pm. The class is free and walk-ins are welcome.
    • Feb 24: The Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Library will be hosting a program on the History of Storer College on Friday, February 24 at 6pm, presented by Melinda Day, NPS Lead Park Ranger. -- Signed copies of "Man of Sterling Worth: Professor William A Saunders of Storer College" by Lynn Pechuekonis will also be available for purchase.

  • MUNICIPAL ELECTION: All candidates who plan to seek office in the forthcoming Bolivar Municipal Election, scheduled for June 6, 2023, are requested to file with the Town Recorder, P. Jean Reed, during the period beginning January 9, 2023 and ending January 28, 2023.  Offices for which election will be held are: Mayor, Recorder, and five (5) Council Persons. Please contact Bolivar Town Recorder, P. Jean Reed, or Town Administrator, Laura Whittington, during regular business hours for a Municipal Candidate’s Certificate of Announcement.  This form must be notarized and received/post-marked by January 28, 2023.

  • Bolivar Planning Commission: The Town of Bolivar is accepting letters of interest for a volunteer position with the Bolivar Planning Commission. Additional information is available by contacting the Town office @ 304-535-2476. Please send letters of interest to Laura Whittington at bolivarth@frontiernet.net

  • Newsletter: If you are interested in receiving the Town of Bolivar newsletter, please provide your email address to: bolivarth@frontiernet.net. The Town newsletter will be distributed via email on the 15th of each month. This is an opportunity to keep informed with Town news and Community events! View this month's Newsletter here.

  • Reminder: Town of Bolivar business licenses expired on June 30th . If you have not had the opportunity to return your business license application renewal, please mail to the Town of Bolivar, PO Box 37, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 or drop off at our office located at the Bolivar Community Center, 60 Panama Street, Harpers Ferry at your earliest convenience.

  • Free Covid Tests: The Town of Bolivar has free Covid-19 tests available for individuals that would like to stop by the office and obtain one. Town Hall is located at 60 Panama Street and is open from 7:00am - 4:00pm M-F.​​

  • Flu Shots: Flu Shots are now available at the Jefferson County Health Department. Please call 304-728-8416 to schedule an appointment now.

  • JCDA Position: The Town of Bolivar will be accepting letters of interest for a member of the Bolivar community to serve as a representative on the Jefferson County Development Authority. The focus of the JCDA is to make West Virginia one the best states for business by attracting manufacturing, government, tourism, agriculture businesses & retaining and expanding the existing businesses within Jefferson County. The JCDA meets the third Tuesday of each month at 3pm at the Public Services Bldg. @ 1948 Wiltshire Rd, Kearneysville, WV. Pls. email your letters of interest to bolivarth@frontiernet.net or mail to PO Box 37 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. ​


  • 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 6:30 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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