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Mercer County , West Virginia

As the southernmost county in West

Virginia , Mercer County is a great place to live . It is among the most diverse and complex of West Virginia ’ s 55 counties . Its 420.8 square miles range from the rolling farmland of the New River Valley on the east , to the craggy promontory of Pinnacle Rock State Park to the west , and the coalfields beyond . Mercer County ’ s history is as varied as its geography . Sections of the county highlight different assets of the area . With farming interests , attractive off-road vehicle trails , mining interests , industrial parks , and commercial districts , there is space for a variety of business and industry . Notable figures from Mercer County include the powerful Democratic Kee family who held the Fifth District seat in the U . S . House of Representatives from 1932 to 1972 . Elizabeth Kee became the Mountain

Athens , West Virginia

Athens is a beautiful town and home

to Concord University . Concord
University features many wonderful programs for the region . The beautiful homes of the area are worth a walk through the streets of the town . The surrounding
State ’ s first woman in Congress . Hugh Ike Shott was a politician and editor of the influential Bluefield Daily Telegraph . Howard B . Lee served as attorney general of the state from 1925 to 1933 . Bluefield was home to Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash . W . M . Ritter ’ s timber operation began at Oakvale . Blind Alfred Reed was one of the artists who recorded at the Bristol Sessions , and he lived out the rest of his life in Princeton as did Bob Denver who played Gilligan on Gilligan ’ s Island . Mercer County is home to Bluefield State College and Concord University , both institutions of the West Virginia higher education system . Hank Williams was last seen alive in Bluefield , and Cal Ripken Jr . played minor league baseball for the Bluefield Orioles . Mercer County has 18 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places .
area features rolling hills and the best country roads to take a leisurely drive down on your way to adjacent Summers County with Pipestem State Park and Bluestone Lake and Dam .
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