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Philippi is a city in — and the county seat of — Barbour County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 2,966 at the 2010 census. In 1861, the city was the site of the Battle of Philippi, known as "The Philippi Races". Although a minor skirmish, this is considered the earliest notable land action of the American Civil War.Philippi is the home of Alderson Broaddus University, a four-year liberal-arts school affiliated with the American Baptist Churches.The city has a weekly newspaper, The Barbour Democrat.GeographyPhilippi is located along the Tygart Valley River at (39.151569, -80.043472). It is within Philippi District — one of eight magisterial districts of Barbour County. The town is sub-divided into Wards 1 through 4.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.95sqmi, of which, 2.86sqmi is land and 0.09sqmi is water.The original settlement that became the town of Philippi was on a section of bottomland at a bend in the river at the mouth of Anglin's Run. (This area was later designated "Dayton Park".) Opposite this bottomland, at the western landing of "Booth's Ferry", is a sharp ridge which breaks abruptly down to the river and is still known as "Nobusiness Hill". Most of the town is located in the bottomland, but a portion, including the university campus, is on another ridge — "Battle Hill" — overlooking the valley from the northwest.
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