COUNTY ORGANIZED: 1848
COUNTY NAMED FOR: Abel Packer Upshur, the secretary of state under President John Tyler.
COUNTY SEATS: One -
COUNTY SEAT NAMED FOR:
Thomas W. Gilmer, who died during the test firing of a new cannon on the USS Princeton on February 28, 1844. The same explosion also killed United States secretary of state Abel P. Upshur.
COURTHOUSES: Five - 1846, 1848, 1871,
STANDING: One - 1933 Modern courthouse built of brick.