Amma

GPS: 38.569, -81.266
ELEVATION: 722 Feet

 Jack Nida was honored as a "History Hero" in 2008 by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. He earned this award by his significant contributions to preserving the history of Roane County.

Jack Nida was honored as a “History Hero” in 2008 by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. He earned this award by his significant contributions to preserving the history of Roane County.


Positioned at Exit 25 of Interstate 79, Amma is a rural community running along Big Sandy Creek. Amma is served by a post office, convenience store, gas station, and has a senior citizens and community center.

Resident Jack Nida, who was born in the Amma home his father built, recalls, “We used to go to Clendenin (about 10 miles) for fun on the weekends. It was the biggest town around.” Mr. Nida graduated from Morris Harvey University which is now called University of Charleston. After a career as a chemist and engineer for the oil and gas industry, he and his wife have returned to live in the home he was born in. Today, Mr. Nida is known as a local historian. He has published several books relating the history of his family and one about Roane County’s history (ISBN-10 0-7385-5275-5, ISBN-13 978-0-7385-5275-0).

One of Amma’s businesses is Bilco Construction Company, Inc. which specializes in bridge, tunnel and elevated highway construction. Company owner William George Faulkes, was led into the business by his father who is the company’s founder. Amma was selected as their headquarters because of its central location in the state, easy interstate access, and the large space of available land. “We need lots of space for equipment and materials,” explained David Tanner, Bilco’s Office Manager. Mr. Tanner lives in Big Otter and has a degree in accounting. “Bilco is a good company to work for with a casual atmosphere,” said Tanner. “I am doing what I went to school for.” For more information about Bilco Construction Company, Inc. call 304-565-3007.

Linda Drennen runs the Amma Senior and Community Center. “We have 27 members and officers,” began Ms. Drennen. “This center is a satellite of the Committee on Aging based in Spencer.” The group is celebrating their 50th year in 2009. The first building used was the old Amma Schoolhouse, which was on the same property. “Delegate Oshel Craigo offered to help us build a new facility with a $25,000 Budget Digest Grant,” explains Ms. Drennen. “We also had to raise some money of our own. It took four years for us to get enough money for the new building.”

The new facility has room for meetings, a commercial kitchen, classroom space and a spacious parking area. The Center provides a winter exercise program, crafts classes, yard sales and other fundraisers, and they hope to add a computer lab soon. Every Friday afternoon local farmers bring their harvest to sell at the Farmers Market. But the Center’s biggest event is an Annual Ramp Dinner held the last Saturday in April. For information about the Ramp Dinner call Linda Drennen at 304-565-9051. For information about renting the building for reunions, showers and other gatherings call Phyllis Hardway at 304-565-3073.

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The Nida Home in Amma, West Virginia

The Nida Home in Amma, West Virginia

David Tanner enjoys working at Bilco Construction Company, Inc.

David Tanner enjoys working at Bilco Construction Company, Inc.

Bilco's headquarters provides space for large equipment and construction materials

Bilco’s headquarters provides space for large equipment and construction materials

 There is rarely a line at the Amma Post Office.

There is rarely a line at the Amma Post Office.

Big Sandy Creek provides fishing, boating and beautiful scenery.

Big Sandy Creek provides fishing, boating and beautiful scenery.

The Amma Exxon convenience store is a game checking station for hunters.

The Amma Exxon convenience store is a game checking station for hunters.

Linda Drennen and her grand daughter Chastity Drennen enjoy spending time at Community Center events.

Linda Drennen and her grand daughter Chastity Drennen enjoy spending time at Community Center events.

 On Friday afternoons the Amma Community Center becomes a regional Farmers Market with delicious fruits, vegetables and jellies from local farmers.

On Friday afternoons the Amma Community Center becomes a regional Farmers Market with delicious fruits, vegetables and jellies from local farmers.

 Richard Dille from Serenity Knoll Farms brings his Cider Press to the Amma Farmers Market and other local events. For more information call 304-577-9011.

Richard Dille from Serenity Knoll Farms brings his Cider Press to the Amma Farmers Market and other local events. For more information call 304-577-9011.