CEDAR HILLS COUNTRY ESTATE
|Address:||27 Cedar Hills Drive, Forest Hill, WV 24935|
Randy S. "Riverbend" Burdette, 304-667-2897
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Cedar Hills Country Home at Forest Hill, West Virginia, on Route 122 (Greenville Road), is an outstanding modern 1611 square foot brick ranch home. The home is nestled on a knoll overlooking the beautiful pastoral Summers and Monroe countryside. This three-bedroom home with two full baths is move-in ready and super clean, plus has outstanding architectural designs to enhance it from being an ordinary ranch home. The house has a full-size unfinished basement that could be used for extra bedrooms or would make an excellent man-cave. Easy drive to historic Hinton, Union, and Peterstown for all types of shopping and professional services. The house is ready for the new family to enjoy the country living at its best in Wild and Wonderful Summers County, West Virginia.
- Outstanding location in beautiful farm country
- Approx. 1611 square feet
- Immaculate condition home
- 3 Bedrooms
- Two full baths, the master includes a jacuzzi tub, bath has a beautiful retro-style glass block section
- Built circa the late ’90s
- 3/4 acre by survey
- Wild and Wonderful Summers County
- Beautiful pastoral views
- Located in low traffic farming community
- Very comfortable ranch home
- Mature landscaping
- Central heat and air conditioning
- Living room with a fireplace
- Large formal dining room
- Spacious and modern kitchen with beautiful oak cabinetry
- Carpet and tile floor coverings
- Electric range
- Built-in microwave oven
- Built-in dishwasher
- All matching color kitchen appliances
- Kitchen pantry
- Breakfast Area with exterior access door
- Utility Room with Washer and dryer on the entry-level
- Master bath with jacuzzi tub
- Ceiling fans
- Recessed lights
- Spacious, full unfinished basement with walk-out. Great for a man-cave, etc.
- Heil HVAC system
- Auxiliary propane stove in the basement
- Copper water supply lines
- Water softener
- Covered front entry porch
- Covered back entry porch
- Propane forced air furnace with heat pump
- Modern architectural shingle roof
- Pull down attic stairs access in the garage
- Storage closet in the garage
- Drilled well with submersible pump
- Gravel driveway
- Full basement with walkout
- Low property taxes
- Amish Community nearby
- 5 minutes to the medical clinic
- Historic Cook’s Mill nearby
- Minutes to Peterstown, historic Union, and Hinton
- Easy drive to Roanoke’s jet airport
- Pence Springs Flea Market is a 15-minute drive
- Superior access by state-maintained paved roads – FedEx, UPS, and USPS delivery
- Cell phone coverage is excellent via Verizon
- Excellent storage spaces
- Roll up garage door
- Excellent recreational area for kids and adults
Dining Room 11.5 x 13.2
Kitchen 11.11 x 14.9
Breakfast Area 11.11 x 9.10
Utility Room 6 x 5.3
Living Room 18.3 x 17
Bedroom 2 11.3 x 10.3
Bedroom 3 11.3 x 9.4
Hallway Full Bathroom 7.5 x 8.5
Master Bedroom 16 x 13.6
Master Bathroom 10.3 x 8.3
Attached Garage 23.8 x 22.2
Basement with walk-out 37.7 x 41
Google Coordinates: 37.559802°(N), -80.772735°(W)
Address: 27 Cedar Hills Drive, Forest Hill, WV 24935
Elevation Range: 1883 ft. to 1907 ft. +/-
RECREATION NEAR CEDAR HILLS COUNTRY HOME
The Summers and Monroe Counties area offers matchless recreational opportunities with only a short drive.
Nature viewing is first in line with recreational activities. Attentive wildlife management has been geared not to just game animals. Equal consideration has been extended to increasing the numbers and diversity of species, including neotropical songbirds, butterflies, turtles, frogs, rabbits, chipmunks, dragonflies, owls, and hawks.
Near-complete darkness can still be found in community areas, allowing the opportunity to view the night sky in all its brilliant wonder.
Water-sports enthusiasts will find the nearby Greenbrier and New Rivers, and Bluestone Lake is ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and windsurfing.
Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, and Hiking
Can be accessed by a short drive to the surrounding communities’ wildlife management areas and parks.
Shooting sports are popular in the local area
- Paintball-Airsoft-Laser Tag-Archery tag
- Shotgun sport shooting including Skeet, Trap, Double Trap, and Sporting Clays
- Rifle & Handgun shooting: bullseye, silhouette, western, bench rest, long-range, fast draw
- Archery and Crossbow competition shooting
- Plain ole’ plinking: Grandpa’s old 22 single-shot rifle and a few tin cans make a fun day
Hunting is a first-class experience in Southeastern West Virginia. Whitetail deer, black bear, red/gray fox, bobcat, wild turkey, grouse, duck, squirrel, raccoon, fox, and rabbit make up the resident wildlife population.
West Virginia is one of the states in the US that has two ownership titles, those being SURFACE RIGHTS and MINERAL RIGHTS. A title search for mineral rights ownership has not been conducted. All rights the owner has will convey with the property. A mineral title search could be performed by a title attorney simultaneously when the surface title search is being conducted.
BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY
The property was surveyed in May 1997, and the plat prepared from that survey is attached to and recorded with the owner’s deed. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.
Water: Private Well
Sewer: Private Septic System
Electricity: MonPower or Alleghany
Telephone: Wireless, cell tower within sight. Landline may be available from Frontier Communications.
Internet: Wireless, a cell tower is within sight
Cellphone Coverage: Verizon is good
The property has frontage on Greenville Rd. Rt. 122 and Cedar Hills Drive. The property driveway is a right-of-way.
Summers County currently has no known zoning or subdivision regulations. However, all prospective buyers should consult the County Government and the Health Department for any changes and details regarding zoning, building codes, and water wells and septic systems.
DEED AND TAX INFORMATION
Deed Information: DB 190 Pg. 565
Summers County, West Virginia
Acreage: 0.76 acre +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Summers County (45), West Virginia
Forest Hill District (1)
Tax Map 12 Parcel 15.3; Class 2
2021 Total Real Estate Taxes: $646.54
Summers County School District
Public Elementary School:
Talcott Elementary School
Public Middle School:
Summers County Middle School
Public High School:
Summers County High School
Concord University (nearby in Mercer County)
THE SURROUNDING BLUESTONE AREA
Amidst the beautiful scenery of southern West Virginia lies the long Bluestone Lake. This reservoir, the third largest lake in West Virginia, is famous for its fishing and other recreational activities. Bluestone Lake was formed by a concrete dam built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers across the New River to reduce flooding. Although the dam was started in 1941, its construction was delayed because of World War II, and it was not fully completed until 1952. The lake is nearly eleven miles long, with an area of 2,040 acres during summer pool, though the water level changes frequently. The Lake can grow over 36 miles long at the flood control pool. At higher levels, the lake extends into Giles County, Virginia. The Lake’s Catchment Area is 4,565 square miles. Water levels are drawn down four feet in winter to make room for melting snow and spring rain.
Bluestone Lake, Greenbrier River, and the New River are great places for fishing, and it is said that the New River is the best warm-water fishery in the state. Some fish available in the lake and river are bluegill, catfish, crappie, muskellunge, and various types of bass. New River bass has set some West Virginia state records.
In addition to fishing, Bluestone Lake is fantastic for enjoying all water activities, including boating, canoeing, water skiing, and wakeboarding. The lake has several boat ramps and a commercial marina for the boater’s convenience, and there are no limits to the size of boats or motors on the lake.
Bluestone Lake is part of the Bluestone Wildlife Management Area, which covers an area of 18,019 acres. The Wildlife Management Area is known for having some of the best hunting in the area, and hunters and trappers will be able to catch a variety of game, including whitetail deer, turkey, fox, and other animals.
A great place to enjoy the lake is Bluestone State Park. The Park has ample accommodations for those who want to stay overnight. There are a variety of campsites – or, if you prefer a more comfortable stay, there are 26 cabins with TVs, showers, and other modern conveniences. Park visitors can take a walk on the hiking trails, play in the swimming pool, or rent game equipment to play croquet or horseshoes. The Park also has weekly events with lots of fun activities.
In addition to the fun activities on the lake, there’s plenty more to do in the surrounding area. There are several other parks nearby, where you can enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. You can experience some great whitewater on the New River. And the New River Gorge is well-known as an excellent place for rock climbing, with its many hard sandstone cliffs. If you want a break from outdoor activities, the nearby town of Hinton has many attractions. There are a variety of restaurants, shops, and antique stores to browse and museums to visit.
Historical and recreational interest in the Bluestone area includes the outdoor musical dramas “Hatfields and McCoys” and other shows performed at Grandview Park, near Beckley. With its numerous recreational facilities, Pipestem Resort is only nine miles south. The 80,000 acres of New River Gorge National River Park is the center of some of the state’s best whitewater rafting, and canoeing is integral to the area. Of particular note are Sandstone Falls and the Visitor Center, just north of Hinton, and Bluestone National Wild and Scenic River, which flows into Bluestone Lake within the park boundaries.
BLUESTONE LAKE MARINA
Bluestone Lake Marina offers guests lake opportunities for water-oriented recreation. Depending on lake conditions, it is open from April 15th through October 15th.
At the marina, you can rent fishing boats, pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, slip rentals, and cabin rentals conveniently located near Bluestone Lake and Bluestone State Park. Fuel, bait, and snacks are available for purchase.
BLUESTONE WMA – 18,109 ACRES
Cedar Hills Country Home is within a 15-minute drive of West Virginia’s Bluestone Wildlife Management Area. The statewide Wildlife Management Program is designed to conserve and manage high-quality habitats for a variety of wildlife species and to improve public access to these resources. West Virginia provides numerous opportunities to learn and appreciate the abundant wildlife.
Bluestone Wildlife Management Area offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities on 18,109 acres. Being adjacent to Bluestone Lake, the state’s third-largest body of water, the area provides guests with boating, canoeing, and fishing opportunities. The section of the lake from just upstream of the Bluestone River to Bluestone Dam is in Bluestone State Park; the rest of the lake in the West Virginia basin comprises Bluestone WMA.
Hunting is offered due to the wildlife management area status, and Bluestone has over 330 primitive campsites and picnic sites. Avid fishermen can enjoy float fishing and stocked trout fishing in Indian Creek. Hiking and equestrian trails are also popular.
Bicycles are permitted on main roads, day-use areas, and campground areas. Many roads leading to Wildlife Management area campgrounds are dirt roads that provide an experience similar to off-road bicycling.
BLUESTONE STATE PARK
Bluestone State Park was established in 1950 and is named after the Bluestone National Scenic River, which flows into the New River at the park. Bluestone State Park encompasses over 2,100 acres of rugged, heavily forested, mountainous terrain and provides a variety of water-oriented activities for guests and residents of southern West Virginia. This Park is five miles south of Hinton, WV.
Classic Cabins at Bluestone State Park are available for rent year-round. The campgrounds, although seasonal by nature, are popular campsites with visitors. Hiking and the opportunity to view eagles make Bluestone a neat area to visit.
Bluestone State Park has 26 modern, fully furnished cabins with kitchens, showers, linens, towels, cooking utensils, dishes, tableware, and modern appliances. Each cabin has a stone fireplace, grill, picnic table, and campfire ring. Cabins are available for rent year-round and accommodate two to eight people. Select cabins are pet-friendly. Guests also have access to nearby Pipestem Resort State Park’s indoor facilities, including an indoor pool and sauna for some more relaxation.
Bluestone State Park has four campgrounds with 120 campsites. The Meador Campground has 32 sites open to RVs and tents with electricity and water available at seven sites, electricity at 15 locations, and a central bathhouse is also on-site. The Tent Area Campground has five rustic sites designed for group camping. Old Mill Campground, open to tents and RVs, has 44 rustic campsites and a central bathhouse. East Shore Campground has 39 primitive sites accessible by boat only. The campgrounds are open from mid-April through late October. Campground reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31. A campsite reservation application is available here.
An extra plus is that Bluestone Park is adjacent to Bluestone Lake, the state’s third-largest body of water. Due to this sizeable lake, boating and fishing are naturally an essential part of the recreational opportunities at the park. Adding hiking trails, a swimming pool, game courts, and a seasonal nature/recreation program creates a well-rounded array of activities. The proximity of Bluestone to the Winter Place ski area makes the park’s rental cabins affordable accommodations for ski groups and winter vacations.
Nearby is “The Year-Round Crown Jewel of West Virginia State Parks,” Pipestem, known for its scenic overlooks and an aerial tram ride into the Bluestone Gorge. Park amenities include an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course with several restaurants and snack bars.
Bluestone Dam, located at Hinton, is one of the major flood control dams in West Virginia. It has the largest drainage area and flood storage capacity of any dam in the state. It is built across New River, one mile above its junction with the Greenbrier River and two miles below the confluence of New River and Bluestone River. Before the construction of the Bluestone Dam, flooding was a major problem in this great river system.
Bluestone Dam was authorized in 1935 by an executive order issued by President Franklin Roosevelt. Construction on the project began in 1942, but work was suspended in 1943 because of World War II. Work resumed in January 1946, and the dam was completed for operational purposes in January 1949 and 1952. The approximate cost was $30 million.
With a drainage area of 4,565 square miles, Bluestone Dam controls 44 percent of the river flow through the populous Kanawha Valley, which is downstream. It is a concrete gravity dam 165 feet high and 2,048 feet long, administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The regular release of water from Bluestone Lake is accomplished through 16 sluices in the dam’s base. The 790-foot spillway has 21 flood gates. There are also six sluiceways for hydroelectric power that were not used in the dam’s early decades. The maximum discharge capacity is 430,000 square feet per second.
The dam contains 942,000 cubic yards of concrete and 7,800 tons of steel. Its lake has a summertime surface of 2,040 acres and is very popular with boaters, skiers, and fishermen. Bluestone State Park, located on the Bluestone River about three miles above the dam, provides lodging, camping, a restaurant, and recreational facilities.
The Bluestone Dam celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1999 when the Army Corps of Engineers estimated that the dam had prevented more than $1.6 billion in flood damages. Bluestone ended its first half-century with necessary improvements underway. The lake became a major public water supplier in 1997, serving Hinton and Princeton and a large area between and around those two communities.
Reinforcements were added to the dam under the federal Dam Safety Assurance program, raising the dam by 8 feet, installing anchors and thrust blocks to tie the dam into bedrock, spillway improvements, and other work. The second phase, installing bedrock anchors, is underway, and three additional steps remain to be constructed. Simultaneously, work began to add hydroelectric capacity to the dam in a partnership between Hinton and other communities and private industry.
Hydroelectric Power Generation Project: Bluestone Dam was initially designed for Federal hydropower, and six penstocks were constructed through the east abutment. During World War II, construction activities were delayed, during which time interest in Federal hydropower declined.
The Water Resources Development Act of 2000 authorized Tri-Cities Power Authority (TCPA) to design and construct a hydropower generating facility at Bluestone Dam. TCPA comprises the West Virginia cities of Hinton, Philippi, and White Sulphur Springs.
Until the early 2000s, the penstocks were capped and never modified. Between 2001 and 2017, the Corps changed the penstocks to create an auxiliary spillway as a required Dam Safety Action.
The Corps and TCPA initiated negotiations to install a non-federal hydropower facility at Bluestone Dam. Still, these negotiations were put on hold as the Corps advanced required dam safety actions so TCPA could re-assess the project. Bluestone State Park was established in 1950 and is named after the Bluestone National Scenic River, which flows into the New River at the park. Bluestone State Park encompasses over 2,100 acres of rugged, heavily forested, mountainous terrain and provides a variety of water-oriented activities for guests and residents of southern West Virginia. This Park is five miles south of Hinton, WV.
THE NEW RIVER GORGE NATIONAL PARK and PRESERVE
The 70,000-acre New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park Service (NPS) unit designed to protect and maintain the New River Gorge in southern West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains. Established in 1978 as a national river, the NPS-protected area stretches for 53 miles (85 km) from just downstream of Hinton to Hawks Nest State Park near Ansted. The Park was officially named America’s 63rd national park, the U.S. government’s highest form of protection, in December of 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a relief bill.
West Virginia is home to parts of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a footpath that stretches more than 2,100 miles between Maine and Georgia; the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, which cuts through 16 states for 4,900 miles; the Bluestone National Scenic River; and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Now, over 70,000 acres of land bordering 53 miles of the gorge have earned the government’s protection.
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve are rich in cultural and natural history and offer abundant scenic and recreational opportunities. New River Gorge is home to some of the country’s best whitewater rafting, mainly from the Cunard put-in to the Fayette Station take-out, and is also one of the most popular climbing areas on the East Coast.
Home to the New River, which drops 750 feet over 66 miles with its Class V rapids, has long drawn adventuresome rafters and kayakers to this whitewater area. The New River, which flows northward through low-cut canyons in the Appalachian Mountains, is one of the oldest rivers on the planet.
Rock climbing on the canyon walls, mountain biking and hiking on trails that flank the river, and wildlife viewing—bald eagles, osprey, kingfishers, great blue herons, beavers, river otters, wild turkeys, brown bats, snakes, and black bears—are all popular activities within the park.
Begin your experience by stopping at Canyon Rim Visitor Center, situated on the edge of the gorge, for maps, current information, and chats with a park ranger. You can learn any proper safety protocols and visit the bookstore.
The New River Gorge Bridge is a work of structural art. Construction of the bridge began in 1974 and was completed in 1977. The Bridge spans 3,030 feet in length and is the third highest bridge in the U.S., at 876 ft. During Bridge Day, an annual one-day festival celebrating the construction of the Bridge, BASE jumpers launch off the 876-foot bridge and parachute down to the New River. New River Gorge is the only national park in the U.S. that permits this extreme activity.
President Jimmy Carter signed legislation establishing the New River Gorge National River on November 10, 1978 (Pub.L. 95–625). As stated in the bill, the park was established as a unit of the national park system “to conserve and interpret the outstanding natural, scenic, and historical values and objects in and around the New River Gorge and preserving as a free-flowing stream an important segment of the New River in West Virginia for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.” The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Designation Act was incorporated into the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, changing the designation to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Less than 10% of the original national river was re-designated as a national park, where hunting is no longer permitted, while the remainder is a national preserve with little change.
NEW RIVER REGION OVERVIEW
The New River is shared by boaters, fishermen, campers, park visitors, and local neighbors. The waters of the New River system contain a mosaic of hydrologic features and aquatic habitats that support a highly productive aquatic ecosystem that includes distinct populations of native fish, mussels, crayfish, and a broad array of other marine life, including rare amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
The 320-mile New River rises in the Blue Ridge region of North Carolina. It flows northeastward through the Appalachian uplands to Radford, Va., turning northwestward and passing through a series of narrow valleys and gorges into southern West Virginia. It ends where it joins the Gauley River to form the Kanawha River. In WV, the New River is entrenched in a steep and narrow valley, the narrowest part of which is known as the “New River Gorge.”
In 1998, President Clinton signed the New River as one of the first American Heritage Rivers because of its historical, economic, and cultural importance. Much of the river’s course through West Virginia was designated the New River Gorge National River. In 2021, the area was selected as the United States’ newest National Park.
The New River is the “second oldest river in the world” and is estimated to be between 10 and 360 million years old. Its headwaters begin near Blowing Rock, NC, one of the few rivers in North America that flow northerly.
Class I, II, III, IV, and V rapids dot the entire 320 miles of New River, making it a great paddling, tubing, and white rafting adventure. Beautiful cliffs, bluffs, and mountain views make it one of the most scenic rivers on the east coast.
New River Gorge National Park includes 53 miles of free-flowing New River, beginning at Bluestone Dam and ending at Hawks Nest Lake. The New River typifies big West Virginia-style whitewater. Within the park, it has two very different characters. The upper (southern) part of the river consists primarily of long pools and relatively easy rapids up to Class III. It is a big mighty river, but very beautiful, always runnable, and provides excellent fishing and camping. There are several river access points, and trips can run from several hours to several days.
The river’s lower (northern) section is often referred to as “the Lower Gorge.” In a state that is justifiably renowned for colossal rapids, the Lower Gorge has some of the biggest of the big, with rapids ranging in difficulty from Class III to Class V. The rapids are imposing and forceful, many of them obstructed by large boulders which necessitate maneuvering in mighty currents, crosscurrents, and hydraulics. Some rapids contain hazardous undercut rocks.
Before the rise of the Appalachian Mountains, the New River cut its bed at a time when the land sloped to the northwest. Amazingly so, as the Appalachians gradually rose around the river, the New River wore away the bedrock at the same rate the mountains formed, leaving behind towering cliffs and prominences that hover hundreds of feet about the water level.
Accounts claim that Indians referred to the New River as the “river of death,” however, this origin story is likely legend. Native Americans and early European settlers regarded the New and Kanawha rivers as one waterway. The name “New” may have been derived when the river upstream was discovered by European explorers as the first “new” river found flowing westward.
Native American Indians used the New River as they traveled west years before the pioneers arrived. In the 1600s, explorers navigating the New River thought they were close to the Pacific Ocean because of its westerly flow.
In 1671 the Batts-Fallam expedition, by way of the New River, came through to the Lurich area and ended there because the Indian guides refused to take them any farther. They carved their initials in a tree and claimed the territory for King Charles II of England. This was the first proclamation of English settlement west of the Alleghenies, making the New River the first gateway into the west.
Fast water, big rocks, and lazy/slow stretches are features of the New River. Water sports enthusiasts will find the New River ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and windsurfing. Great fishing is located in the New River, with bass (largemouth, smallmouth, and rock), flathead catfish, channel catfish, muskie, walleye, and bluegill present in good numbers. It produces more citation fish yearly than any other warm water river in WV.
The New River Gorge was a vast and largely unsettled wilderness until the C&O railroad was built on the eastern side of the river in the 1880s. The railroad opened the rich coalfields and virgin timber stands of the region. Early “mountaineers” settled the area and soon were carving out mountain farms and raising families.
The gorge was practically impassible before the New River Gorge Bridge was completed near Fayetteville, WV, in 1978. The river within its gorge is one of the most popular whitewater rafting destinations in the eastern U.S. Much of the New between Hinton and the National Park Service manages Gauley Bridge as the New River Gorge National River.
Principal tributaries of the New in West Virginia include, from south to north, the East River, the Bluestone River, and the Greenbrier River.
Many former mining communities located on the New River in its gorge have since become ghost towns. These include Sewell, Nuttalburg, Kaymoor, Fayette, South Fayette, Hawks Nest, Cotton Hill, Gauley, Beury, and Claremont.
GREENBRIER RIVER AND RIVER TRAIL
Cedar Hills Country Estate is a 20-minute drive to the lazy Greenbrier River near where it empties into the New River at Hinton. The Greenbrier River is 173 miles long and is the last free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. It is an excellent river to float or canoe and is well known for its large and small-mouth bass fishing. It is the gateway to water recreation and fun as it is often lazy and easy to navigate.
The Greenbrier River is formed by the confluence of the East Fork Greenbrier River and the West Fork Greenbrier River in the town of Durbin, West Virginia. From Durbin, the Greenbrier River flows southwesterly through Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe, and Summers Counties. It flows through several communities, including Cass, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson, and Hinton. The Greenbrier River joins the New River in the town of Hinton, just 10 minutes away.
The property is a 60-minute ride to the Greenbrier River Trial and is operated by the West Virginia State Parks. The trail is a 77-mile-long former railroad, now used for hiking, bicycling, ski-touring, horseback-riding, and wheel-chair use. The trail passes through numerous small towns and traverses 35 bridges and two tunnels as it winds along the valley. Most of the trail is adjacent to the free-flowing Greenbrier River and surrounded by the peaks of the Allegheny Mountains.
Banking, healthcare facilities, drugstore, grocery, hardware, auto parts, and farm supplies are available nearby Union and Peterstown. There are no fast-food restaurants but local restaurants that are great places to meet friends and enjoy a great home-cooked meal.
Some of the friendliest people in West Virginia can be found in Monroe County. Monroe County has a population of about 13,000 residents, does not have a stoplight, and has more cattle and sheep than people. Monroe County is a unique area with interesting folks, both “born and raised” and newer members from many different states. People from all walks of life reside in harmony in this lovely pastoral setting.
Shortly after Monroe County was created, James Alexander offered 25 acres of land, including a lot for a courthouse which in time became the town of Union. On January 6, 1800, the Virginia Assembly passed an act creating the town of Union.
The Monroe County Historical Society preserves several historic structures in the town, including the Caperton Law Office, Owen Neel House, Clark-Wisemen House, Ames Clair Hall, and the Old Baptist Church. The Union Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
The Town of Peterstown is a short drive. Banking, healthcare facilities, drugstore, grocery, hardware, auto parts, and farm supply are readily available in Peterstown. The town is on the border with Virginia, and Virginia Tech is less than an hour from Peterstown.
Peterstown was chartered in 1803 by the Virginia General Assembly and incorporated in 1892 by the Circuit Court. Peterstown was named for Christian Peters, a Revolutionary War soldier who settled nearby and founded the town shortly after the Revolutionary War. The town is the site of the 1928 discovery of the 34.48 carats (6.896 g) Jones Diamond by Grover C. Jones and his son, William “Punch” Jones.
SALT SULPHUR SPRINGS
Salt Sulphur Spring near Union is a popular wedding venue and is the scene of select community events.
The area is well known for the healing waters of the numerous “Sulphur Springs.” During the 1800s and early 1900s, several “Sulphur Springs Resorts” flourished in the area. White Sulphur Springs, Warm Springs, and Hot Springs are most notably and still exist. Others included Sweet Springs, Blue Sulphur Springs, Red Sulphur Springs, Green Sulphur Springs, Pence Springs, and Sweet Chalybeate Springs.
During the height of wealthy families’ summer treks to the Virginia springs resorts—from roughly 1800 until the Civil War—one famous circuit encompassed “the fountains most strongly impregnated with minerals, heat, fashion, and fame,” according to one chronicler. For those arriving from eastern Virginia and points northeast, the circuit started at Warm Springs northeast of Lewisburg, in the Allegheny Mountains. From there, it ran south and west to the Hot, the White Sulphur, the Sweet, the Salt Sulphur, and the Red Sulphur, then back in the opposite direction.
The “Old Salt” was famed for its three springs: sweet, salt sulphur, and iodine, curative especially for “chronic diseases of the brain” such as headaches.
The main hotel building dates to about 1820. Salt Sulphur Springs Historic District holds one of the largest groupings of pre-Civil War native stone buildings in West Virginia.
Just a few miles away lies the sleepy village of Greenville. Greenville is the classic old Virginia community with the historic Cook’s Mill still standing on the banks of Indian Creek. The Ziegler Family that owns Cook’s Mill has the grounds open for visitors to enjoy picnics and view the massive water wheel and the exterior of the building. Greenville has a general country store complete with gasoline sales. The post office is still open and a community meeting place.
RED SULPHUR SPRINGS
Red Sulphur Springs, located just a few miles away, was once the site of another popular mineral spring resort from the 1820s until World War I. The spring water emerges from the ground at 54 degrees F. and leaves a purplish-red sulfurous deposit used to treat skin conditions. The water was believed to be helpful in the treatment of tuberculosis. Modern analysis shows the water to be high in bicarbonate, sulfate, and calcium. Around 1920, the buildings were dismantled, and the resort ceased operation.
Indian Creek takes its name from a Native American trail that crossed the Appalachians from the Ohio River valley to the Great Valley of Virginia. “It was the interstate of the Indian world.”
Indian Creek is a tributary of the New River. It is one of Monroe County’s main drainage basins. Indian Creek begins its journey near Salt Sulphur Springs and drains tens of thousands of acres on its winding 30-mile-long trip through pastoral farms, steep mountain canyons, vast bottomland forests, wetlands, and marshes before ending its journey close to Crumps Bottom, where it enters New River. From there, the New River flows to the Kanawha, onto the Ohio, then the Mississippi, and terminating in the Gulf of Mexico. It is said that the waters of Indian Creek will arrive in the Gulf of Mexico 3 to 4 days after entering the New River.
INDIAN CREEK COVERED BRIDGE
Owned by the county historical society and open to pedestrians, it was part of the White and Salt Sulphur Springs Turnpike. A Long truss built-in 1903 by Ray and Oscar Weikel (ages 16 and 18) and E.P. and A.P. Smith is more than 11.5 feet wide and 49.25 feet long. There are six covered bridges in West Virginia with this truss engineering — Philippi, Hokes Mill, Sarvis Fork, Statts Mill, Center Point, and Indian Creek. The completed bridge cost Monroe County only $400 and was used continuously for about 30 years.
The interior of the Indian Creek Bridge contains notes and plaques from previous visitors. Now only pedestrians use the bridge, which also houses antique vehicles from the 1900s, adding to the history of this unique structure.
In the spring of 2000, the bridge was rehabilitated by Hoke Brothers Construction, Inc. of Union, WV, in 2002 at $334,446. Renovations included timber roof trusses, a new glue-laminated timber deck, new wooden exterior siding, and a new roof of split shakes.
Indian Creek Bridge is a tribute to the ingenuity and hard work of two young builders who had a vision of what transportation could be in Monroe County.
Hinton is the southern gateway to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. The town has a large historic district, railroad museum, antique shops, and restaurants. After crossing the bridge at Hinton, you will begin driving alongside the New River down River Road. Grand riverside vistas are on this favorite route for a casual drive along the waterfront. Boaters, motorcyclists, fishermen, and vehicle cruises on the roadway and the river are a common sight. Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny mountains lies a place where the rivers flow and the eagles soar. A place where small-town charm is around every corner and outdoor recreation is the norm. A place where porch sitting is earned after days spent hiking, biking, boating, and fishing. It is a place that remembers its past and looks toward the future.
Banking, healthcare facilities, regional hospital, fast food drugstore, groceries, hardware, auto parts, and farm supply are readily available in nearby Hinton, the county seat of Summers. Hinton has some fast-food restaurants, and there are also the local restaurants that are great places to meet friends and enjoy a great home-cooked meal.
Nearby, Forest Hill has a medical clinic, a post office, and an Amish baked goods store.
TALCOTT, HILLDALE, LOWELL, AND PENCE SPRINGS
The small communities of Talcott, Lowell, and Pence Springs are a vital part of the community. Talcott is the home of the famous John Henry legend and hosts a yearly festival called John Henry Days. Talcott has the John Henry Park, a museum, and a post office. Hilldale has a brand-new Dollar General Store plus a general convenience store with gasoline sales. Lowell is home to the famous Lowell Market, a general store with a deli with the best breakfast biscuits for miles around. The store sells food, sporting goods, bait, hardware, and lottery tickets, along with a host of other goods. Pence Springs is the home of the excellent Pence Springs Flea Market, held Sundays from April – to the end of October. Dozens of vendors set up offering antiques, collectibles, guns, households, and a sundry of goods and tools. Another mainstay in Pence Springs is Country Road Store, known to locals as the Pence Springs Wallyworld. Food, gasoline and fuels, pizza, sporting goods, camping supplies, and hardware are part of the stocked inventory. As former owner Bird Keatley used to say, “If we don’t have it, do you really need it”? Greenbrier Girls Academy sitting high on a knoll in the Pence, is a private school on the grounds of the Pence Springs Hotel.
From Union (20.1 mi.) (28 Minutes +/-)
From the Monroe County Courthouse, take US Route 219 South for 8.3 miles, turn right onto Route 122, then travel 11.8 miles and cross the Monroe Summers Counties line, and Cedar Hills Drive is the first road on the right. Signs are posted.
From Hinton, WV: (14.2 Miles +/-) (22 Minutes +/-)
From McDonald's on Stokes Drive, take Stokes Drive across the river bridge and turn left onto Route 3 East and 12 S, travel 5.3 miles, and then bear right onto Route 12 South at the Willowood Bridge interchange, then travel 6.6 miles and turn left onto Route 122 (Greenville Road) and travel 1.6 miles and turn left onto Cedar Hills Drive. Signs are posted
From Peterstown: (13.1 Miles +/-) (20 Minutes +/-)
From Reece’s Hardware on US Route 219, take Route 12 North for 11.2 miles, turn right onto Red Sulphur Marie Road for 1.8 miles at the tri-shaped intersection, turn left onto Route 122 and travel approximately 0.2 miles and turn right onto Cedar Hills Drive. Signs are posted
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