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Summers County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1871
Named: In honor of George W. Summers, a prominent jurist of Kanawha County
County Seat: Hinton

Sources

Books

Cottle, George. History of Forest Hill Community, Summers County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, n. d. (On-line version).
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: C6.

Graham C. History of Clayton Community, Summers County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1923.(On-line version).
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: G7.

Lively, Lester. History of Summers County. s. l., n. p., n. d.
975.476 L784 Pam.

Long, Fred. Historic Pence Springs Resort. s. l., n. p., 1983.
917.5476 L848.

Maddy, W. T. History of Marie Community, Summers and Monroe Counties, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1925.(On-line version).
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: M3.

Miller, James Henry. History of Summers County From the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Hinton, West Virginia, n. p., 1908.
975.476 M648.

Nyden, Paul J. Thirty Oral History Transcripts About the New River Region in Fayette, Raleigh and Summers Counties, West Virginia. Beckley, West Virginia, Paul Nyden, 1980.

Summers County World War Veterans. s. l., n. p., n. d.
940.546775 S955 Pam.

Woods, Clee. West Virginia Was Good. Charleston, West Virginia, Mountain State Press, 1984.
975.476 Wood.

Newspaper Clippings

"A Special Place in the Hills, The Women's Farm," Charleston Gazette, 7-25-1979.
"Barger Springs History Long and Varied," Beckley Post Herald, 7-27-1964.
"Big Four Building Has Big History in Hinton," Register Herald, 1-10-1991.
"Broom Factory Blesses Marie Community," Beckley Post Herald, 11-8-1957.
"Buffalo, Indians Road," Hinton Daily News, 7-19-1974.
"Camp Bluestone at Hinton 1st Four Star CCC Unit in Country...," Charleston Mail, 1- 17-1937.
"Clayton, New Town With Old Story, WV Hillbilly, 4-17-1976.
"Dying Town, Hinton WV," Charleston Gazette, 5-31-1982.
"Early County History Influenced by Scotch-Irish," Hinton Daily News, 12-24-1971.
"Early Summers County Indians' Home," Hinton Daily News, 6-20-1975.
"Ellison Ridge is Worth Going to See," Beckley Post Herald, 2-25-1970.
"Ex-Prison Gets New Life as Resort Hotel," Parkersburg News, 11-10-1996.
"First Settlement is Made in 1750 For Summers Area," Raleigh Register, 6-19-1963.
"Formation of Summers County Was Odd," Beckley Post Herald, 10-5-1964.
"Foxwood, Summers Home Rich in History...," Register Herald, 9-22-1995.
"Going Broke...Shadow Over Summers County," Charleston Gazette, 2-3-1991.
"Green Sulphur Area Favored the South," Beckley Post Herald, 3-1-1966.
"Guests Stay at Hotel That Features Barred Steel Cells," Cumberland Times, 11-11- 1996.
"Heritage House," Register Herald, 11-9-1994.
"Hinton All WV City Second Year Award," Hinton News, 4-28-1987.
"Hinton, Summers Centennials Are Soon," Beckley Post Herald, 3-24-1970.
"Hinton Around Series," Hinton Daily News, 12-12-1956; 3-20-1957; 4-8-1957; 12-12- 1968.
"Hinton Nominated to National Register of Historic Places," WV Hillbilly, 4-21- 1984.
"Hinton Fire Destroys Three Historic Buildings," Charleston Gazette, 10-7-1983.
"Hinton Officials Seek Grant to Renovate Opera House," Register Herald, 2-13- 1991.
"Hinton Around Did You Know?," Hinton Leader, 2-17-1966.
"Hinton Power Plant," Powergrams, September 1924.
"Hinton's Railroad Days...," Hinton News, 10-6-1987.
"Hintonian Dreams of Restoring Building," Register Herald, 10-10-1994.
"Historic Pipestem," Register Herald, 2-2-1986.
"Historic Hinton Hopes to Regain Spotlight," Register Herald, 12-6-1988.
"Historic Hinton Manor," Beckley Register Herald, 10-9-1994.
"Historic State Resort Auction Bound Again, Pence Springs," Charleston Gazette, 6-9- 1994.
"Historical Past Makes Hinton's Future Exciting," Register Herald, 10-27-1985.
"Homegrown Theater Down on the Farm," Charleston Gazette, 3-21-1991.
"I-64 Problems Haunt Summers County," Charleston Gazette, 11-17-1976.
"In a Posh Hotel, Memories of Prison Past Linger," Charleston Gazette, 11-10-1996.
"Indian Jaw Bones Made Gun Rack," WV Hillbilly, 11-28-1964.
"International Rider, Marsha Springston," Register Herald, 7-19-1999.
"Isaac Ballengee Built First House Here During 1777," n. p. n. d.
"It's Finally Official Bridge Has Name, Lilly Bridge," Clarksburg Telegram, 5-17- 1994.
"It's No Longer Bustling Coal County...Summers," Post Herald, 7-8-1982.
"Kesler Home Is Oldest in County," n. p. n. d.
"Landmarks Destroyed by Meadow Creek Fire," Herald Register, 4-4-1965.
"Lord and Lady of the Manor," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 11-14-1994.
"Lowell Fortress Home Held Off Indians in 1777," Charleston Gazette, 9-15-1940.
"Naming of Summers County Communities," Beckley Post Herald, 2-11-1958.
"Nimitz Post Office Inquiry Letter," 7-20-1978.
"Old Graham House at Lowell May Get Historical Marker," Hinton News, n. d.
"On Horse's Grave and Summers Lynching," Beckley Post Herald, 6-19-1963.
"Pence Springs Hotel is Great Getaway Spot," Times West Virginian, 7-16-1996.
"Pence Springs Hotel Restored," Meadow River Post, 9-14-1988.
"Pence Springs Hotel Once Had Other Guests," Weirton Daily Times, 11-15-1996.
"Pioneer Heroine of Marie Gained Revenge," Beckley Post Herald, n. d.
"Pipestem Settlers," Raleigh Register, 6-19-1963.
"Residents Not Too Happy With Witches in Hinton," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 6-29- 1997.
"Restoration of Library First Step in Hinton Historic District," Hinton News, 2-7- 1984.
"Smith Descendants Repair Oldest Home in Abraham," Hinton Daily News, 11-5- 1974.
"Some Early History on Hinton," Part I, II, Beckley Post Herald, 5-10-1957.
"Special Photo Hanging, Summers County Courthouse," Hinton News, 11-13-1990.
"Summers Formation Involved Squabbles," Beckley Post Herald, 8-28-1963.
"Summers Gateway to Orient 200 Years Ago," Hinton Daily News, 6-20-1975.
"Summers Co. Was Warm Weather Hunting Ground for Indians," Inter-Mountain, 12-29- 1984.
"Talcott, Residents Believe Legend of John Henry," Raleigh Register, 7-6-1978.
"The Women's Farm," Raleigh Register, 6-11-1979.
"The Lost Village of Lilly, Goldenseal, Summer 1998.
"Tourism Tandem," Charleston Gazette, 5-31-1996.
"Veterans Museum Dedicated," Register Herald, 5-31-1997.
"Veterans Day Ceremony...Sneak Peak Summers Co. Museum," Register Herald, 11-12- 1996.
"Village of Lilly," Princeton Times, 3-30-1989.
"Wind Crest: A Piece of Hinton's Judicious Past," Register Herald, 10-2-1994.
"WV Man's Tool Collection Brings Mountain History to Life," News Register, 11-1- 1998.

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