Bea Morris passed her Civil Service Exam and served as Bentree's Postmaster for 28 years. She came to Bentree with her family when she was 16 years old, married a "Bentree boy", and never left.

Bea Morris passed her Civil Service Exam and served as Bentree’s Postmaster for 28 years. She came to Bentree with her family when she was 16 years old, married a “Bentree boy”, and never left.

BENTREE

GPS: 38.284, -81.191
ELEVATION: 906 Feet

Straddling its Clay County border, the community of Bentree lies mostly within Nicholas County. It was a bustling coal town at the turn of the 20th Century. Today’s Bentree is a residential community with State Highway 16, which runs through the center of the community, providing access to jobs in Clay and Nicholas Counties.

According to Bea Morris, local historian and former postmaster, the town was originally called “Scotford”. “There were two big coal companies here and they got a reputation for selling dirty coal,” Ms. Morris explained. “The companies were sold and the new ownership got the town’s name changed so they could sell their coal. It was booming, with houses going up everywhere. There were two company stores, a barber shop, a funeral parlor and other businesses.”

West Virginia’s Chief of the Department of Mines at that time, John Laing described two mines at Scotford in his 1910 Annual Report. Carter Coal Coompany operated the “Carter Mine” near the Bell Creek Fork. In his annual report Mr. Laing stated, “This mine has been operated very little, if any, during the year and is not in operation at the present time; but on my last visit to this mine it was in a deplorable condition.”

The second mine was operated by the Kentucky Coal and Lumber Company, was called the “Scott Mine” and was also located near Bell Creek Fork. Mr. Laing reported on this mine in 1910 as, “only operated two or three months during this fiscal year and is not now in operation and no report is expected as regards production.”

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 A country home in Bentree, West Virginia

A country home in Bentree, West Virginia

 Bentree residents Henry and Bid Legg planted this delicious looking vegetable garden

Bentree residents Henry and Bid Legg planted this delicious looking vegetable garden