Ivydale

GPS: 38.530, -81.033
ELEVATION: 890 Feet

Elizabeth Sampson helped start CAEZ. She collected information from Governor Bob Wise and started talking to people in Clay County about applying for Empowerment Zone designation. Mrs. Sampson is pleased to have served on Bill Clinton’s Presidential Campaign in 1992.

Elizabeth Sampson helped start CAEZ. She collected information from Governor Bob Wise and started talking to people in Clay County about applying for Empowerment Zone designation. Mrs. Sampson is pleased to have served on Bill Clinton’s Presidential Campaign in 1992.

Ivydale is a rural community served by a Post Office, Lesha’s Cafe and Cunningham Motors. It is located where State Highways 4 and 16 split into a “Y”. Highway 16 leads due north to Interstate 79 at Exit 40, about 30 miles away. Highway 4 continues on its northeast course also meeting Interstate 79 at Exit 51. In addition, County Route 11 starts at Ivydale and heads due east, connecting to U. S. Route 19 at Birch River.

A community advocate, Elizabeth Sampson was born in Ivydale. “The best chapter of my life was growing up here,” said Mrs. Sampson. “It’s home. I love the Elk River. And I love the people.” She helped establish the Ivydale Community Action Network (Ivydale CAN). “There is land available in Ivydale to develop for housing or businesses,” Mrs. Sampson said.

Brothers, Roy and Bruce Cunningham have served Ivydale and the surrounding areas since 1954 with their business, Cunningham Motors. “Ivydale is a good town,” says Roy Cunningham. “I spent 30 years in Cleveland and decided to come back.” Cunningham Motors is a split level building offering a convenience store, gasoline, mechanic services, tires and used cars.

The early settlers of Ivydale were people who came through logging and used the river to transport logs. It is believed that the town was named after one of their daughters whose name was Ivy.

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 The upper level of Cunningham Motors provides drivers with easy access to a convenience market, gasoline, and tire or mechanic services

The upper level of Cunningham Motors provides drivers with easy access to a convenience market, gasoline, and tire or mechanic services

 Roy Cunningham enjoys working with his brother Bruce Cunningham in Ivydale

Roy Cunningham enjoys working with his brother Bruce Cunningham in Ivydale

 The lower level of Cunningham Motors (in the rear) provides residents with a selection of used cars

The lower level of Cunningham Motors (in the rear) provides residents with a selection of used cars

 The Ivydale Post Office

The Ivydale Post Office

 Tiger Lillies grow wild in the countryside

Tiger Lillies grow wild in the countryside

 Lesha’s Cafe offers homestyle breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees at affordable prices.

Lesha’s Cafe offers homestyle breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees at affordable prices.

 Homes in Ivydale, West Virginia

Homes in Ivydale, West Virginia

 Homes in Ivydale, West Virginia

Homes in Ivydale, West Virginia