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Randy S. "Riverbend" Burdette and David Sibray, 304-667-2897 or 304-575-7390


Bon Bon Confectionery and Hardware is one of the oldest business locations in historic Mt. Hope, West Virginia.  Mt. Hope also came to be known as Phoenix City from its recovering and rebuilding from the great fire of 1910. This landmark business has been a staple for the local community, plus includes a number of famous visitors including John F. Kennedy, Governor Okey Patteson, and, most recently, Mike Wolfe and the American Pickers television program.

Bon Bon opened in the roaring 1920s shortly after America had won the Great War.  The Bonifacio Family’s soda fountain and candy shop was the local gathering place for residents for many years.  The Bon Bon building is actually two adjoined storefronts that were completed around 1912, soon after the great fire of 1910 that destroyed nearly all of Mt. Hope. A local coal mining company used the location for headquarters until about 1920. Sam and Mary Bonifacio brought the property and the rest in an incredible history of serving Mt. Hope and the outlying communities. The Bonifacio Family founded Bon Bon’s Confectionery and Hardware in 1920, back in the day when small town shopping was in its heyday. The business operated dually as a soda fountain and as a shoe cobbler shop. Mr. Bonifacio soon afterwards transitioned from working as a cobbler, choosing to run a confectionary and a hardware store. The era of the hardware stored ended in 1968. Mr. Bonifacio’s children found running both businesses to be too much for just the three of them. The hardware store was repurposed to become a storage area. The confectionery continued to be a hang-out spot for local teenagers until the public schools consolidated. This landmark Mt. Hope business continued until recently when Phyllis Bonifacio stepped back and closed the doors. Brothers Dean and Doug Bonifacio still own the property and are active in decorating the front store windows.


  • Income Producing
  • Legacy business with 100 + years
  • Prominent Main Street property, high visibility
  • Mt. Hope could become the next Gatlinburg because of the Park and Scouts
  • Three historic storefronts with approx. 13,083 sq. ft., according to tax records
  • Only steps away from the police department
  • Only a few steps to the Mayor’s office and city hall
  • Across the street from the very active Pendleton Community Bank
  • Law office and other offices are just a few steps across the street
  • Three homes are currently rented
  • Includes ten residential units, seven with tenants
  • Large storekeepers’ residence
  • Within the Mount Hope National Historic District
  • Store buildings eligible for historical grants and tax credits
  • Featured on the “American Pickers” television series
  • One mile from US-19 New River Gorge Expressway
  • One mile to Bechtel Scout Reserve and National Jamboree site
  • Five miles to New River Gorge National Park & Preserve
  • Five miles to I-77 and I-64 expressways at North Beckley


Google Coordinates: 37.892859°(N), -81.167405°(W)
Address: 531 Main St., Mt. Hope, WV 25880
Elevation: 1760 ft. +/-


Three historic storefront buildings on Main Street and three houses in a courtyard behind them are being sold as a collection of income-producing properties. The commercial buildings have long housed family-owned stores central to the Mount Hope National Historic District and were featured on the American Pickers television series.

Ideally situated to take advantage of the region’s burgeoning tourism industry, the buildings are less than a mile from the US-19 expressway, the primary traffic route through the northern New River Gorge market area. The community has often been cited as the gateway to the central New River Gorge National Park & Preserve and is some 15 miles south of the world-famous New River Gorge Bridge and five from the boundary of the park.



Address:531 MAIN ST
Class Type: Commercial
Parcel ID 10-08-0009-0200
County 10: Fayette
Deed Book 91 Page 440
District: 8 – Mount Hope Corp – Map 0009 – Parcel No. 0200
Tax Class: 4
Deeded Acres: 0.129
Legal Description: LOT 19 MAIN ST STORE & APT BLDG
Tax Class: 2
Deed Book 91 Page 440 – Deeded Acres 0.129
Property Class: C – Commercial
Land Use 373 – Retail-Single Occupancy
Use Type 11-Apartment, 34-Retail Store, 41-Mini Warehouse
Sq. Ft.: 3,639
Cubic Feet: 43,250
Year Built: 1912
Stories: 2
Exterior Wall: Frame
Construction Type: Wood frame/Joist/Beam
Commercial Basement: None
Square Feet: 3,639 and 3,639 per level


A one-story commercial building of brick construction finished in buff-colored brick, with two storefronts on the first.  story, one of which incorporates a recessed entryway. Both storefronts exhibit red brick bulkheads and three-light transoms. The upper facade is ornamented with corbeled brickwork, including two large recessed brick panels and an arcaded corbel table. This building is interconnected with Resource No. 38 immediately to the northeast.

Date: c. 1912 1 contributing building
Property Taxes: $434.00 and $190.00

GRANDMA’S HOUSE above the Bon Bon Store

Over the top of Bon Bon’s main building at 531 Main Street is the captain’s quarters for the shopkeeper. According to tax records, this residence is approximately 3,639 sq. ft. So many possibilities exist for the future type of rental or captain’s quarters. The floor plan includes three bedrooms and one full bathroom. The back entrance is from N. Court Street. As you enter from the back is a very large boxed-in porch sunroom. The kitchen is large and open, and on the upper corner is now a pantry room that once was a walk-in vault; the vault’s ornate cast iron facing is still in place. On the left side of the kitchen is a formal dining room.  The bathroom was remodeled in 2021. This residence needs to be remodeled, but what can it be made to look like with some love and hard work.

533 MAIN STREET, COMMERCIAL (The Center Building)

Address:  533 MAIN ST
Class Type:  Commercial
Legal Description:  LOT 09/ MAIN ST; STORE APT BLDG
E-911 Address: 533 MAIN ST, Mount Hope, WV, 25880
Parcel ID: 10-08-0009-0201-0000 – County 10 – Fayette
District: 8 – Mount Hope Corp
Map: 0009 – Parcel No. 0201
Tax Class: 4
Deed Book 91 Page 440
Calculated Acres: 0.114
Year built: 1912
Exterior wall: Frame
Construction type: Wood frame/Joist/Beam
Commercial Basement: None

Building Information
Property Class C – Commercial
Land Use 373 – Retail-Single Occupancy
Use Type 11-Apartment, 84-Multi-Use – Storage
Living Area Approx. Sq. Ft.:  6,339
Cubic Feet: 82,237
Property taxes: $1100.00

Description: Two-story commercial building of brick construction, with the façade faced in buff-colored brick; storefronts on the first story, and flat-topped windows above. The building is irregularly shaped, corresponding to the angle of Main Street. The first story incorporates storefronts with some original detailing and entrances to the upper story. The upper facade is penetrated by flat-topped windows, and at the cornice, height is corbeled brick panels. This building is interconnected with Resource No. 37, located immediately to the southwest. Date: c. 1912 1 contributing building.


Above the center commercial storefront is a unit of five apartments!

The upstairs apartments are great rental units and are in constant demand for the area. The apartments are single-bedroom and single-bath units. Currently, four of the five apartments are rented. Some apartments have tenants that have rented for many years. In 2014 the owners remodeled the hallways and apartment #1. In 2015 remodeled apartment #5, and in 2016 remodeled apartment #3. In 2019 a new hot water tank was installed for the apartments; in 2021, apartment number two was remodeled. The apartments are heated by a group furnace system; however, apartment 5 also has a natural gas heater.

529 MAIN STREET, COMMERCIAL (Third Building)

Address: 535 MAIN STREET
Class Type: Commercial
Legal Description: LOT 3 MAIN ST; STORE
Community: City of Mount Hope
Parcel ID: 10-08-0009-0202-0000
Physical Address: 535 MAIN ST
E-911 Address: 607 MAIN ST Mount Hope WV 25880 –
County 10 – Fayette – District 8 – Mount Hope Corp
Map 0009 – Parcel No. 0202 – Tax Class 4
Deed Book 91 Page 440 – Deeded Acres 0.098
Property Class: C – Commercial
Land Use 398 – Warehouse
Use Type 84-Multi-Use – Storage
Living Area Approx. Sq. Ft.: 3,105
Cubic Feet: Approx. 46,575
Property tax: $608.00

Description: A two-story commercial building of red brick, with a storefront on the first story, portions of which are overlaid with non-historic artificial stone, although the storefront retains its traditional window-to-wall ratio. The upper facade is presently penetrated by five windows, and a sixth window is on the angled southwest corner. The sills and lintels indicate that these windows replaced larger windows that were original to the building. The building is capped with corbeled brick ornament, including a shallow parapet gable, with a date stone bearing the date 1926. Extensive repair work has been taken, these repairs costing many thousands of dollars. Tax records show the square footage of 3105 sq. ft.

In 2015 a new roof was installed by Frye Roofing at the cost of $16,000.00.

Date: 1926 1 contributing building




Address: 12 N COURT ST
Class Type: Residential
Legal Description: PT LOT 17 COURT ST; 435/445 480/274 LE MURIEL DEAL
Community: City of Mount Hope
E-911 Address:0 MAIN ST, Mount Hope, WV, 25880
Parcel ID 10-08-0009-0206-0000
County 10 – Fayette – District 8 – Mount Hope Corp – Map 0009, Parcel No. 0206
Tax Class: 4 – WB91 / 440- 0.064 – Deeded Acres 0.06

Building Information
Property Class R – Residential
Land Use 101 – Residential 1 Family
PT LOT 17 COURT ST 435/445 480/274 LE MURIEL DEAL WB73/682 R/S
Year Built: 1915
Architectural Style: Conventional
Exterior Wall: Frame
Basement Type: Crawl
Square Footage (SFLA): 1,098
Fuel: Natural Gas
Heat System: Warm air
Bedrooms: 3
Full bath: 1
Total Rooms:6
Property Taxes: $560.00

Rental House 1: This three-bedroom, one-bath, approximately 1098 sq. ft home is currently rented. The home features a recent shingle roof that was installed by Sun Builders in 2014. Nice covered front porch for sitting outside. Warm air natural gas heat. This home has a partial basement. In 2016 a new electric range was installed. In 2017 a new hot water tank was installed.  In 2021 saw some floor repairs, new laminate new flooring was added in the utility room, and some deck repairs. The kitchen has ample storage with a series of oak-style cabinets. Ceiling fans are throughout most of the house. The access road is paved on N. Court Street.


RENTAL HOUSE #2 (The two-story, known as Mom and Dad’s house)

(Along with 525 N. Court St. 2 houses on one tax ticket)
Address: 528 N COURT ST
Class Type: Residential
Legal Description: PT LOT 415 MAIN ST
Community: City of Mount Hope – Parcel ID 10-08-0009-0184-0000
County 10 – Fayette
District 8 – Mount Hope Corp
Map 0009 Parcel  0184
Will Book 91 Page 440
Deeded Acres 0.440

Building Information
Property Class R – Residential
Land Use  – 101 – Residential 1
Family Sum of Structure Areas 2,590 (two homes on the parcel)
Year Built 1921
Stories: 2
Architectural Style: Conventional
Exterior wall: Asbestos
Basement type: Full
Square Footage (SFLA) 1,664
Fuel: Natural gas – Heat system: Hot water
Bedrooms: 3
Full bath: 1
Half bath: 1
Total rooms: 6

This handsome 1664 sq. ft. two-story house was built in 1921 and features three bedrooms and 1.5 baths.  An inviting covered front porch is an excellent location to enjoy on a warm day. On the eastern-facing side is a nice covered porch. The front porch and the western-facing windows have vintage retro awnings. The house includes a fully unfinished multi-purpose basement with a walk-out on the side of the house. A miner’s shower stall is in the basement. The home has an attached carport-type garage. Inside the home, you will find beautiful original finish oak woodwork. The golden oak staircase is equipped with a handicapped stair climber unit. Some vintage light fixtures are still in place. The entry-level rooms are large and include some gorgeous golden oak French doors. The pass-through kitchen is ready for use and includes a natural gas range. A heated boxed-in back porch sunroom is a very usable room. The baths are the following a half bath on the entry-level and a full bath on the second story. The exterior of the house is sided with wide panel material.

A new metal roof was installed in 2022 by Terry Dameron at the cost of $9,260.00. The basement has a natural gas hot water heater and a gas boiler furnace. Cooling the house is by window model air conditioners. This house includes a wonderful, large chain-link-fenced-in backyard, excellent for kids and pets. The backyard also has some walnut trees.


(Along with 528 N. Court St. 2 houses on 1 tax ticket)
Address:525 N COURT ST
Class Type: Residential
Legal Description: PT LOT 415 MAIN ST
Community: City of Mount Hope – Parcel ID 10-08-0009-0184-0000
County 10 – Fayette -District 8 – Mount Hope Corp – Map 0009 Parcel  0184 – Will Book 91 Page 440 – Deeded Acres 0.440

Building Information
Property Class R – Residential
Land Use  – 101 – Residential 1 Family 
Year Built 1961
Stories: 1
Architectural Style: Conventional
Exterior walls: siding
Basement type: Unfinished
Square Footage: 926 sq. ft. according to tax records
Fuel: Heat system: forced air
Bedrooms: 2
Full bath: 1
Half bath: 1
Total rooms: 5

According to tax records, this house was constructed in 1961 and is approximately 926 sq. feet. The cute home has just recently in 2016 been remodeled. The house has two bedrooms and 1.5 baths. The front porch is covered and includes a retro awning. Many recent improvements have been completed, including a new forced air Bryant heating system, a metal roof in 2021, new refrigerator, plumbing repairs, painting, a hot water tank, laminate flooring, beautiful new oak kitchen cabinets, an electric range, kitchen countertops, and more. The backyard is chain link fenced and would be good for kids and pets.


Water: City of Mt. Hope
Sewer: City of Mt. Hope
Electricity: Appalachian Power
Telephone: Multiple servers are available
Internet:  Suddenlink, now Optima, Frontier and others are available
Cellphone Coverage: Excellent


Many of the mechanical features of the building may be improved and repaired with the aid of grants and tax credits, which can offset total costs by as much as 90 percent if used in tandem. New heating, plumbing, and electrical systems may be eligible for tax credits, as may be expenses related to updating kitchens and bathrooms, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and fire-suppression systems. Grants are typically provided to remedy emergent issues that could lead to damage and may include the repair of the roof, windows, and foundations. Expenses covered by credits may include architectural and engineering fees, development fees, and other construction-related costs.


The property fronts on Main Street, which is also Rt. 211, and joins onto N Ct. Street of Mt. Hope


All prospective buyers should consult the City of Mt. Hope Government, County Commission, and the Health Department for details regarding zoning, building codes, and septic systems.


West Virginia is one of the states in the US that has two ownership titles, those being SURFACE RIGHTS and MINERAL RIGHTS.  This property is being conveyed as SURFACE ONLY.


The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.


Deed Information: WB 91 Pg. 440
Fayette County, West Virginia
Acreage: 0.74 acre +/-

Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Fayette County (10), West Virginia
Mt. Hope Corp (8)
Tax Map 9 Parcels 184 Class 2, 200-000-6001 Class 4, 200-000-6002 Class 2, 201 Class 4, 202 Class 4, and 206 Class 4

2022 Real Estate Taxes:  $3787.74


Fayette County School District
(Additional Fayette County schools are listed on the West Virginia Department of Education website https://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory)

Public Elementary School:
Mt. Hope Elementary School

Public Middle School:
New River Intermediate School, Oak Hill

Public High School:
Oak Hill High School

Public College:
Fayette Institute of Technology


West Virginia University and New River Community & Technical College maintain campuses at Beckley, five miles to the south, and Concord University and Bluefield State College courses are offered at the Irma Byrd Higher Education Center nearby. Appalachian Bible College is a drive approximately two miles south at Bradley.


The nearest hospital to the property, Plateau Medical Center at Oak Hill, is a four-mile drive and includes 25 beds and an emergency care unit. Nearby at Beckley, Raleigh General Hospital, with 300 beds, and Appalachian Regional Hospital, with 173 beds, also include emergency rooms and are both approximately 10 minutes away. A Veterans Administration Medical Center is also located at Beckley. Major state medical centers are located at Charleston and Morgantown, an hour, and 2.5 hours from Mount Hope.


The nation’s newest national park, the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, attracts more than 2.6 million visitors annually to the region. At Thurmond and Canyon Rim, two park visitor centers are 10 and 15 minutes from Mount Hope. The park’s best-known attraction, the New River Gorge Bridge, is a drive of approximately 15 minutes to Fayetteville. Hiking, biking, angling, hunting, kayaking, and camping are popular throughout the park, though it may best be known as a destination for rock climbing and whitewater rafting. The park is among the nation’s top destinations for both.


The commercial properties on Main Street are included in the Mount Hope National Historic District and are, therefore, eligible for grants and tax credits for maintenance and rehabilitation. They do not currently enforce architectural standards for the district, so property owners do not need to conform to oversight.






Flight service is a 25-minute drive at the Raleigh County Memorial Airport, which provides general aviation and flight service to Charlotte North Carolina. Nearby Yeager Airport, at Charleston, is an hour’s drive by expressway and provides flight service to Charlotte, Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Train service is by Amtrak rail passenger service to Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., is a 10- minute drive from Mount Hope at Prince.


Mount Hope is in the heart of the New River Gorge Region, one of the state’s chief tourism and outdoor recreation destinations. Its economy is now centered chiefly around the national park and outdoor recreation. The US-19 expressway runs north to south through the region, linking a string of municipalities that include Beckley, Oak Hill, Mount Hope, and Fayetteville. An estimated 100,000 residents live here in the central part of the New River Gorge region. Mount Hope is notably located near the region’s center and at the central park entrance, through which multiple trails and camping areas are being developed. The 2011 park plan calls for the construction of several long-distance trails in addition to a new campground to open near Mount Hope.

City of Mount Hope

Mount Hope flourished in the early 1900s as the commercial center for the New River Coalfield, one of the nation’s most productive coal-mining regions. It is now best known as a residential community valued for its location near the new national park and the region’s commercial center at Beckley. It now claims more than 600 residences and more than 1,250 residents. Congress has awarded the city more than $4 million to develop a park and campground and to restore trout fishing on city streams.

City of Beckley

The largest municipality and chief commercial center in southern West Virginia, Beckley is home to more than 18,000 residents and is central to a market area of more than 115,000. Interstates 77 and 64 converge at Beckley, as do expressways US-19 and WV-16. Most national chain stores and restaurants operate properties at Beckley. The southern campus of West Virginia University is located in downtown Beckley. Three hospitals, including a VA Medical Center, are located around the city.

The Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve

Less than a mile from the property, the 14,000-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve is a veritable outdoor recreation park that also hosts the quadrennial Boy Scout Jamboree and one of five high-adventure bases for the scouts. The 24th World Scout Jamboree welcomed more than 45,000 visitors in 2019. The 17th Interamerican Scout Jamboree is planned for 2023. The reserve is the home of the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, the James C. Justice National Scout Camp, and the John D. Tickle National Training and Leadership Center.

Hunting Preserves

Two public hunting and fishing areas with a combined 10,000 acres of woodland are located within five miles of Mount Hope. Deer, turkey, and squirrel are the principal game taken. The Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area includes 202-acre Plum Orchard Lake, a popular destination for flatwater kayaking as well as fishing. The Beury Mountain Wildlife Management area conserves some of the most remote highland forests in the region. In addition to the two preserves, hunting in the national park is also permitted in season on more than 65,165 acres.

Outdoor Recreation Resorts

Seven outdoor adventure resorts near the property are in the New River Gorge Region. All offer guided whitewater rafting tours on the New and Gauley rivers, and most include basecamps that accommodate cabins and camping and coordinate outdoor recreation adventures. Several offer canopy tours and zip line, and adventure courses.


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