Bomont

GPS: 38.450, -81.232
ELEVATION: 830 Feet

First named “Pleasant Retreat”, the community of “Bomont” is a rural scenic residential area with abundant forest and wildlife. Perhaps Bomont’s most famous contribution to the world is the origin of the Golden Delicious Apple. A volunteer apple tree sprung up from seed near Anderson Mullins’ orchard. Mr. Mullins noted the tree’s ability to produce large crops of fruit. He shipped some samples to Stark Brothers Nursery in Missouri, which was the nation’s major mail-order supplier of fruit trees. Golden Delicious Applesbomont_golden_delicious_apples

The tree’s tasty fruit caught Stark’s interest and Paul Stark set out to meet Mr. Mullins and examine his apple tree. The original tree and rights to the new apple variety were purchased by Stark, who named the apple “Golden Delicious”. On March 7, 1972 the Golden Delicious Apple was designated as West Virginia’s official state fruit.

According to local residents, H. E. White Elementary School serves as the center of the community. It provides a meeting place where community events are held. One of these events is the Annual Ramp Dinner held in early May. In 2009 more than 600 people attended the feast, raising a substantial amount of money for the school.

Bomont residents organized the Queen Shoals Public Service District to provide fresh drinking water. James Kearns is the Chairman. “We are working on a $1 million project to expand water service to the Valley View area,” said Mr. Kearns. If you have questions about the Bomont community, call James Kearns at 304-548-5223.

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 This historic marker shows where the first Golden Delicious apple tree grew.

This historic marker shows where the first Golden Delicious apple tree grew.

 Many Bomont residents enjoy having horses and other livestock.

Many Bomont residents enjoy having horses and other livestock.

 The H. E. White Elementary School has enrollment of approximately 85 students in grades K-5.

The H. E. White Elementary School has enrollment of approximately 85 students in grades K-5.

 The Bomont Bethel Church

The Bomont Bethel Church