West Virginia
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.

  • COVID GOLD ALERT: Due to an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19, Jefferson County has changed from green to gold in the state COVID map (October 16). This means that gatherings are now limited to 10 people. To view the DHHR County Alert System map, please click here.

  • Mask Mandate: A new statewide indoor face covering requirement has been instated from the Governor's Office. Beginning Nov 14, a face covering must be worn at ALL TIMES in all public indoor places. This does not apply to children under the age of 9, those who have trouble breathing or are unable to remove the mask without assistance; it also does not apply while you are ACTIVELY consuming food or drink in a restaurant. For more information, please see the Governor's Office website.

  • Free COVID Testing: The WVDHHR, JC Health Dept, and WV National Guard will be providing free COVID testing at multiple locations throughout Jefferson County on November 16-21. The testing is available to all individuals in Jefferson County, including those who are asymptomatic. Insurance is NOT required. For details on locations and times, please see their website here.

  • Olde Tyme Christmas: The Olde Tyme Christmas Festival will still be taking place, albeit in a unique way. In an effort to provide a safe yet special event for visitors, the the Planning Committee invite residents and businesses of both Bolivar & Harpers Ferry to decorate their homefront for a "Holiday Light Tour". On December 5-6 & 12-13, from 6pm-8pm, visitors will be guided via map or phone app to view our storefronts and beautiful homes, decorated in traditional holiday style. For more information on how to participate, please click here to download the informational flyer.

  • Christmas Parade: We regretfully announce that our annual Christmas Parade is cancelled for this year. Our Breakfast with Santa event is also cancelled this year. However...Santa will still come and visit us. We will be bringing Santa around on the Fire Trucks to wave and greet all those who wish to see him.
    On December 18th from 6:00 p.m. until we finish...we will be in the areas of Millville / Sheridan Estates / and Carriage Park
    On December 19th from 6:00 p.m. until we finish...we will be in the areas of Bolivar / Town of Harpers Ferry / Gap View
    Please note...In the Town of Harpers Ferry...we will concentrate on Washington Street and around the Gazebo area...so plan ahead and come on out. Obviously this event is weather dependent, and we will communicate any changes should they occur. 2020 has not been kind to FFC or ANY of us. Not having our events that we enjoy at this time of year is very disappointing. We will do our best to ensure Santa can lift some spirits, inspire smiles, and instill some excitement in our Christmas Season. We look forward to seeing everyone.

  • 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!

  • 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.





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