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Alderson WV

Alderson West Virginia
“John Alderson, A Frontier Missionary”

Town of Alderson WV

The town of Alderson is located in Greenbrier County West Virginia and is a beautiful little river town nestled in the hills of Appalachia. Alderson is split between two counties with the Greenbrier River running through the heart of the town. Alderson is a quiet place to stay and a great middle point of the many things to do in the surrounding counties.

History of Alderson WV

Alderson is a community located along the Greenbrier River and originally settled in 1777 and incorporated in 1881, by “Elder” John Alderson, a frontier missionary for which the town was named after. John was also the first to organize the first Baptist church in the Greenbrier Valley.

Alderson is the location of the historic Federal Reformatory for Women, opened in 1927, the first Federal prison for women. During the early 1900s, Alderson became a hub of higher education in the state, and home to three separate institutions of higher education, including the Alderson–Broaddus College in 1932.

  • Lost World Caverns
  • Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
  • Cascade Falls
  • Organ Cave
  • Exhibition Coal Mine
  • Bridge Walk
  • New River Gorge Bridge
  • Humpback Covered Bridge
  • Grandview State Park
  • The Sandstone Falls

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