West Virginia



  • 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
  • Music in the Park: The next Music in the Park will take place on Friday, August 13, 2021 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Bolivar Community Park. The featured band will be The Speakeasy Boys: a zesty, river style, bluegrass-inspired, old-time included, fun-infused live band from Shepherdstown, WV. To view a flyer for the event, click here.

  • Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Library: 
    Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library is now open to the public. Our hours are Monday-Wednesday 9:30-5:30, Thursday 8:30-7:00, Saturday 9:30-3:30. We are charging fines as of July 1st. We continue to offer faxing, coping, printing, and notary services. Free books are available in the foyer.
    • Book Clubs:
      • Daytime: Second Monday of the month
      • Nighttime: Second Thursday of the month
      • Youth: We offer Youth and Teen Book Clubs as well. Please call the library for more Book Club information at: 304-535-2301.
    • Outside Story Time: Every Thursday at 10:00 AM. Please bring a blanket and a musical instrument.
    • Scavenger Hunt: Runs until July 30th. Look around town for the reading gnome. Take a picture with your foot, notate the address of the gnome’s location, and email it to us at: bhfplibrary@gmail.com to be entered into a drawing.
    • Summer Reading Program: Runs until Friday, July 30th. Complete 10 of the 13 challenges and submit your form for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Please call the library or stop by for more details.
    • 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.