Bluefield, Community Guide 2018 - Page 89

Mercer County, West Virginia A 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. thens 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. s 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 A 57 Years of Service Serving Mercer, McDowell, Nicholas, Fayette, Summers, Wyoming, Raleigh, and the Town of Bluefield, VA Call Us Today! 304.253.2111 114590-1 unitedwayswv.org 115234-1 10 | Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce