Numerous cities surround Marshall University giving you multiple options to visit or live. They are located in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Each offer a little something different. The cities are:
- Huntington, WV
- Barboursville, WV
- Ashland, KY
- Poctorville, OH
- Chesapeake, OH
- Ironton, OH
See what Each has to Offer
Huntington offers the best of small-town hospitality with the energy of a mid-sized city. Huntington was named the 2017 “America’s Best Community” in a national competition and is home to approximately 48,000 residents. Huntington’s population density is considerably less from the nearest major metropolitan and the cost of living is lower than the rest of the country!
- Huntington has many points of interest that include a thriving restaurant scene, live entertainment venues, symphony orchestra, historic sites, movie theaters, and plenty of parks, pools and trails to enjoy. Huntington also has two excellent medical facilities for your medical needs, Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. For more information on the Huntington area, go to the Visit Huntington, WV website.
- Visitor’s Guide
- Huntington Mayor Steve Williams’ message about Huntington
- Welcome Home…Huntington, West Virginia HADCO
- History of Huntington
In its early days, the city was a thriving port with steam river boats churning by daily. Steam boats shipped lumber and coal to fuel the growth of the railroad extension to the west. This growth was made possible by the city’s namesake and founder, Collis P. Huntington, an infamous railroad magnate. Read more.
- Calendar of Events for Huntington
- Where to Stay
Barboursville is a village in Cabell County, West Virginia, United States. The Village of Barboursville was founded in 1813 by an Act of the Virginia Assembly.
- History of Barboursville
- The Village of Barboursville was founded in 1813 by an Act of the Virginia Assembly. As the Cabell County Seat, it became a busy town of commerce and politics. A port of call for boats running on the Guyandotte River, Barboursville flourished as an industrial center. Many visitors came to the area to establish deeds and records and appear before the county court. During the Civil War several skirmishes took place in and around the village. After the war, the County Seat was moved to nearby Huntington. As the railroads and highways passed by, Barboursville became a quiet, residential setting of historic homes and figures. Read more.
- Calendar of Events for Barboursville
- Where to Stay
Ashland is part of the “metro triangle” that includes Ironton, Ohio and Huntington, West Virginia. The city currently encompasses 17.02 square miles with a population of approximately 21,025 citizens. Ashland is eastern Kentucky’s largest urban area as well as a center for healthcare, commerce, banking, and recreational activities. We continue to expand in the areas of art, entertainment, and cultural events while moving toward an atmosphere of progression and growth.
Proctorville is a village in Lawrence County, Ohio, along the Ohio River. The East End Bridge connects Proctorville to Huntington, West Virginia across the Ohio River. Proctorville is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,650.
- History of Proctorville
- The land where Proctorville is now situated was originally settled in 1797 and called Quaker Bottom. Situated on the Ohio River, Quaker Bottom grew throughout the 1800s as a trading center. In 1834, Jacob Proctor established a general store next to the wharf, and river boat captains knew the town as “Proctor’s Landing”. When the town was incorporated in 1878, the name was changed to Proctorville in Jacob’s honor. Read more.
- Calendar of Events for Proctorville
Chesapeake is a village in Lawrence County, Ohio. It lies across the Ohio River from Huntington, at the mouth of Symmes Creek. A bridge across the Ohio River connects Chesapeake to Huntington’s downtown area. At one time, this was the only bridge connection across the Ohio River linking Ohio to Huntington. In recent years, bridges across the Ohio River connecting Ohio to Huntington’s East and West sides have been built. Chesapeake is derived from the Algonquin name for “place where water is spread out”.
Ironton is situated on the Ohio River and the county seat of Lawrence County. Ironton is a city of opportunity. With direct access to the river, railroad, and major highways, they have a great number of resources that businesses are able to capitalize on. Couple this opportunity with a rich history and you are met with a unique culture. It is also the site of a number of major events throughout the year, such as being home to the longest continuously running Memorial Day Parade in the country. It also host Rally on the River, which brings thousands of visitors from far and wide to our city every August.
These are just some of the qualities that make Ironton unique. A business-friendly community that is home to award-winning schools, and we are a close-knit community working together to move Ironton toward an even more prosperous future.
- History of Ironton
- In 1849, Ironton was founded by John Campbell, a successful pig iron manufacturer in Southern Ohio. Interested in expanding his pig iron operations, he chose what would become the Ironton area because of the hills to the north of the Ohio River that housed a great deal of iron-ore. Read more.