Agent Contact:
Randy S. "Riverbend" Burdette, 304-667-2897


Prime business opportunity! Busy motel and cafe in the Gem of the Hills, Alderson, WV. The James Family has been operating this great business since 1996. Financial records are available upon request. The motel is very well-kept and is the main motel location for the nearby FPC Camp Cupcake. The motel has 15 very well-maintained rooms, and all have a river view. The Cafe is a wonderful business that is well known for great home cooking.
All Riverview Motel rooms overlook the Greenbrier River and include free wifi and cable TV. Every room is non-smoking and is equipped with a coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryer, ironing board, and iron. Maid service is offered daily.


Alderson, West Virginia, is a quaint small town on the free-flowing Greenbrier River in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Summers counties; it was settled in 1777 by John Alderson, a frontier missionary Gospel preacher for whom the town was named. In later years an Alderson descendant founded a Baptist seminary that was later moved north because of the Great Depression to become Alderson-Broaddus College at Philippi, WV. The Federal Reformatory for Women was the first federal prison for women, established here in the 1920s after a group of local businessmen visited Washington, D.C., to propose to the federal government that the Institution be placed in Alderson. The town is famous for its annual “Best” Independence Day Celebration and the Strawberry Festival, held every May. Camp Greenbrier for Boys has been a staple in the community since 1898, and every summer is busy with campers from across the United States.


Riverview Motel is centrally located in the heart of Alderson, WV just minutes from Alderson Federal Prison Camp and steps away from the Greenbrier River. Many activities and attractions are within a short drive’s distance, such as The Greenbrier Resort, the New River Gorge recreation area, historic downtown Lewisburg, and many outdoor recreation opportunities.


  • Alderson, WV, aka The Gem of the Hills
  • Home of “The Best” Fourth of July celebration
  • Walking distance to Camp Greenbrier for Boys. An Alderson landmark since 1895
  • 15 modern rooms
  • Innkeeper home located between the two wings of the motel
  • Full-service Cafe
  • Overlooking the Greenbrier River
  • The business has been in constant operation with the current owners since 1996
  • Financial reports are available with non-disclosure
  • The nearest motel to the Alderson Federal Ladies Camp “Camp Cupcake”
  • High-speed internet
  • Paved parking
  • Patios
  • Covered shelter dining area
  • Indoor café seating area for approx. 30 guests
  • Exterior corridor motel access
  • Attractive building and setting


  • Known as “The Gem of the Hills”
  • Located in three counties, Greenbrier, Monroe, and Summers
  • Voted “Best Fourth of July Celebration” by West Virginia Living Magazine in 2012. Alderson is the place to be to celebrate America’s Independence Day! Yet, there are so many more events that we want you to attend…so explore below and…Save the Date!
  • 2020 population of approximately 1200
  • Leagues: Alderson Basketball League – Greenbrier Girls Softball League – Alderson Little League Baseball – Alderson Chiefs Youth Football – Chiefs Cheerleading – Chiefs Country Tumbling
  • Numerous civic clubs and groups
  • Active Main Street association
  • Active Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Active Lions Club
  • Home of the annual May Strawberry Festival
  • Located on the beautiful Greenbrier River
  • Well-known for fishing, boating, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking
  • Home of Camp Greenbrier
  • French the lion is the town mascot
  • AMTRAK stop at the historic C & O Depot
  • Excellent town park
  • The Alderson Mini Park on the river
  • The historic Alderson Memorial Pedestrian Bridge
  • Home of Old Greenbrier Baptist Church which was founded in the 1700s by elder John Alderson, a frontier preacher
  • A scenic walking trail is established in the town
  • Weekly farmers market, Tuesday afternoon during warm months
  • Two full-time volunteer fire departments
  • A full-time town police force
  • Full-time hometown ambulance service
  • Home of “Camp Cupcake” Federal ladies’ camp


Google Coordinates: 37.726143°(N), -80.643374°(W)
Address: 1335 Riverview Ave. W, Alderson, WV 24910
Elevation: 1537 ft. +/-


20 minutes to Lewisburg
45 minutes to Beckley
2 hours to Charleston, WV
30 minutes to the famous Greenbrier Resort
25 minutes to Hinton
75 minutes to Princeton & I-77
30 minutes to Union
45 minutes to Athens and Concord University
90 minutes to Blacksburg, VA, and Virginia Tech
35 minutes to Raleigh County Memorial Airport, Beckley
25 minutes to Greenbrier Valley Airport, Lewisburg
25 minutes to Bluestone Lake, Hinton
35 minutes to Pipestem Resort State Park
30 minutes to Moncove Lake State Park, Gap Mills
50 minutes to Covington, VA
2 hours to Snowshoe
3 hours to WVU
4 hours to Charlotte, NC
2.5 hours to Charlottesville, VA
5 hours to Columbus, OH
5 hours to Lexington, KY
4 hours to Pittsburgh, PA
5 hours Raleigh, NC
1 hour 30 minutes Roanoke, VA
3 hours, 30 minutes Richmond, VA
4.5 hours Washington, DC


With only a few steps to the Greenbrier River, an exciting view of wildlife changes daily with the seasons. The town has a local family of bald eagles that you see as they soar above the river. Otters and beavers are often seen paddling around the historic Memorial Bridge. Canadian geese and various ducks are residents and can be seen about every day. Great Blue Herons, Cranes, Ospreys, and Egrets can occasionally be seen near the old bridge. A wide range of birds from A-Z can be observed with a close watch throughout the year in Alderson.


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 conducted by a title attorney at the same time when the surface title search is being conducted.


Water:  Town of Alderson
Sewer:  Town of Alderson
Electricity:  MonPower
Telephone:  Frontier Communications and Optimum
Trash: Weekly curbside by Greenbrier Valley Solid Waste
Internet:   Optimum, Frontier Communications, and various cell providers
Cellphone Coverage:  Excellent


The property has access on the front via Route 12, aka Riverview Drive, with a private driveway. The alley Linden Ave is accessed via Jefferson Street. The Town of Alderson maintains a Linden Ave. public alley on the back of the property.


Alderson and Greenbrier County are subject to some zoning and subdivision regulations. All prospective buyers should consult the County Commission and the Health Department for details regarding zoning, building codes, and installation of septic systems. The property is zoned commercial by the Town of Alderson.

Information can be found at the county website: http://greenbriercounty.net/ordinances.


The property has been used as a commercial hospitality and food business.


Deed Information: DB 436 Pg. 864
Greenbrier County, West Virginia
Acreage: 0.41 acre +/-

Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Greenbrier County (13), West Virginia
Alderson Corp (1)
Tax Map 6 Parcels 443, 444, 445, 446; Class 4

2022 Real Estate Taxes: $4267.62


Greenbrier County School District

Public Elementary School:
Alderson Elementary School (A brand new 13 million dollar school is in the process of being built)

Public Middle School:
Eastern Greenbrier Middle School

Public High School:
Greenbrier East High School

New River Community and Technical College (Lewisburg campus)
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Private Schools:
Lewisburg Baptist Academy (PK-12)
Seneca Trail Christian Academy (PK-12)
Greenbrier Community School (PK-8)
Greenbrier Valley Academy (2-8)
Renick Christian School (2-7)


Alderson is home to two medical clinics. The closest hospital is Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea/Lewisburg, which is a 15-minute drive. To the south in Hinton Summers County, ARH Hospital is about a 25-minute drive.

The area is also blessed in having the amazing service of Health Net helicopters. A helipad is located at the River of Life Church.


West Virginia has VA Hospitals in Clarksburg, Martinsburg, Beckley, and Huntington. Nearby Salem, VA, has a Veterans Hospital. Nearby Community-Based Clinics in Lewisburg and Princeton.



The Town of Alderson, affectionately known as the “Gem of the Hills,” is tucked away in the lush Greenbrier Valley of southeastern West Virginia. It is situated along the beautiful Greenbrier River and includes Greenbrier, Monroe, and Summers Counties.

In 1763, the nearby Muddy Creek settlements were destroyed by Shawnee Indians under Chief Cornstalk. It was not until 1777 that the town was settled by “Elder” John Alderson, a frontier missionary for whom the town was named. Here, he founded the first Baptist church in the Greenbrier Valley. In the early 1900s, a John Alderson descendant started a Baptist seminary that was later moved north to become Alderson-Broaddus College at Philippi, WV.

The Federal Reformatory for Women, the first federal prison for women, was established here in 1927.

The town is renowned for its annual Independence Day celebration, which West Virginia Living Magazine acknowledged as the state’s “Best Independence Day Celebration” in 2012.

Alderson, WV, today is primarily a residential community with retail establishments in its downtown historic district. These serve the many camps and vacation homes along the Greenbrier River and tourists visiting the surrounding countryside. Commerce and property values are increasing due to increased tourism and the sheer beauty of the river and surrounding farms. Alderson contains many fine homes from the turn of the 20th Century, many of which are in mint condition, always the same as their well-tended, original appearance.

The town of Alderson has been an active community for generations. Alderson’s amenities include churches, an elementary school, a motel, a national bank, Dollar General, Family Dollar, gas/convenience stores, two medical clinics, a hometown pharmacy, an outstanding hometown hardware and builders supply, an artisans studio, martial arts center, a farmers market, two funeral homes, antique shops, mechanics garage, several restaurants, electrical and general contractors, a veterinarian, an insurance agent, and several Airbnb’s.

Lewisburg, the Greenbrier County seat, was voted the Coolest Small Town in America and is just a 20-minute drive to the thriving downtown historic district. The downtown boasts a year-round live theatre, Carnegie Hall, a new $3MM library, several fabulous restaurants, antique shops, and boutiques. There is also a modern hospital, all attendant medical facilities, and all the big box stores. Several new schools have been built in the area.

The Greenbrier County Airport, which has WV’s longest runway, is just 25 minutes away and has daily flights to Chicago and Washington, DC. The world-famous Greenbrier Resort is 25 minutes’ drive, and Snowshoe Ski Resort is about 2 hours’ drive. Blacksburg, Virginia (Vtech) is about 90 minutes away, Roanoke, Virginia, is about 2 hours, DC is 4 hours, and Charlotte, North Carolina, is 4 hours away.

Just 30 minutes to Sandstone Falls, Bluestone Lake, Bluestone State Park, and Pipestem Resort, the surrounding area offers unlimited soft recreational activities, including white water rafting, golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching, and rock climbing. Snow skiing at the Winterplace Resort is less than an hour away. You can catch the Amtrak train in Alderson and ride to the Greenbrier Resort, Chicago, or New York City. The Beckley Airport is just 45 minutes away. The new 10,000-acre Boy Scout high adventure camp is an hour’s drive.


Camp Greenbrier is a summer camp for boys in the Allegheny Mountains on the beautiful Greenbrier River in Alderson, West Virginia. It was founded in 1898 and is the oldest privately owned summer camp in continuous operation in the United States.

Camp Greenbrier operates three programs: the Boys Camp for boys from 7 to 15 years old – the Leadership Academy for young men 16 or 17 years old or who have finished the 10th grade. Campers and staff come from throughout the United States and from across the world to enjoy our excellent climate and to make friendships that will last a lifetime.



The lower Greenbrier River possesses the excitement of life on one of the nation’s great wild rivers. The focus of a vast outdoor recreation destination flows untamed out of the high Alleghenies, attracting anglers, paddlers, and naturalists from across the globe.

At 162 miles long, the Greenbrier is the longest undammed river left in the Eastern United States. It is primarily used for recreational pursuits and is well known for its fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and floating opportunities. Its upper reaches flow through the Monongahela National Forest, paralleled for 77 miles by the Greenbrier River Trail, a rail trail that runs between the communities of Cass and North Caldwell.

It has always been a valuable water route, with many of the important cities in the watershed being established river ports. The river gives the receiving waters of the New River an estimated 30% of its water volume. Over three-fourths of the watershed is an extensive karstic (cavern system) supporting fine trout fishing, cave exploration, and recreation. Many important festivals and public events are held along the river throughout the watershed.

The Greenbrier is formed at Durbin in northern Pocahontas County by the confluence of the East Fork Greenbrier River and the West Fork Greenbrier River, both of which are short streams rising at elevations exceeding 3,300 feet and flowing for their entire lengths in northern Pocahontas County. From Durbin, the Greenbrier generally flows south-southwest through Pocahontas, Greenbrier, and Summers Counties, past several communities, including Cass, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson, and Hinton, where it flows into the New River.

Along most of its course, the Greenbrier accommodated the celebrated Indian warpath known as the Seneca Trail (Great Indian Warpath). From the vicinity of present-day White Sulphur Springs, the Trail followed Anthony’s Creek down to the Greenbrier near the present Pocahontas-Greenbrier County line. It then ascended the River to the vicinity of Hillsboro and Droop Mountain. It made its way through present Pocahontas County by way of future Marlinton, Indian Draft Run, and Edray.


Nearby, about a 25-minute drive to the New River and 2000-acre Bluestone Lake at Hinton. The New River is the second oldest river in the world, preceded only by the Nile; it is the oldest river in North America. The New River is unique because it begins in Blowing Rock, N.C., and flows north through Virginia into West Virginia. The Nile and Amazon are the only other major rivers that also flow north. Year after year, it produces more citation fish than any other warm water river in WV. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish, hybrid striped bass, and muskie are all common species of fish found in the New River and Bluestone Lake.

Great hunting and fishing opportunities abound at the 17,632-acre Bluestone Wildlife Area adjacent to the park and nearby Camp Creek State Forest.

Lewisburg, which is the Greenbrier County seat, was voted the Coolest Small Town in America and is just a 35-minute drive to the thriving downtown historic district. The downtown boasts a year-round live theatre, Carnegie Hall, a new $3MM library, several fabulous restaurants, antique shops, and boutiques. There is also a modern hospital, all attendant medical facilities, and all the big box stores. Several new schools have been built in the area.


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