In a country as young as the United States, being the oldest of anything can be a source of pride. Towns that claim their origins before the American Revolution, or even earlier, proudly tout that distinction on their websites or on roadside signs as you enter their town. 24/7 Wall St. sought information from a variety of sources to create a list of the oldest town in every state, including town websites and preservation societies. As old as many of these places are, it is important to remember that many of these towns, or the areas where they were established, had been settled and occupied by Native Americans long before European settlers arrived. To find the oldest town in each state, 24/7 Wall St. weighed information from research materials such as online encyclopedias, websites of towns and historical and preservation societies. The oldest town was determined by when it was either chartered, founded, established, or incorporated. Not surprisingly, the distinction for a town as the oldest in each state in some instances was debatable, so 24/7 determined the oldest town by a consensus of findings from research material. In the case of West Virginia, where two towns were chartered on the same date, 24/7 included both on the list. Click through the gallery for quite the history lesson.
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