Linden

GPS: 38.719, -81.211
ELEVATION: 755 Feet

Linden Lodge No. 83 of the Masonic Service Organization of North American holds regular meetings at 1841 Linden Road, Linden WV 25256.

Linden Lodge No. 83 of the Masonic Service Organization of North American holds regular meetings at 1841 Linden Road, Linden WV 25256.


Linden is a rural farming community with a long history with the petroleum and timber industries. Hunting, fishing and riding ATVs are popular activities.

Linden is a rural farming community with a long history with the petroleum and timber industries. Hunting, fishing and riding ATVs are popular activities.

"Tilia Americana", the American Linden tree is one of the most common species in the Eastern forest.

“Tilia Americana”, the American Linden tree is one of the most common species in the Eastern forest.


The community may have been named for the “American Linden” tree which grows abundantly in this area. Also known as Basswood or a Bee Tree, the Linden is known for the honey made from its nectar. Native Americans and settlers used the fibrous inner bark (“bast”) as a source of fiber for rope, mats, fish nets, and baskets.

Before the widespread availability of synthetics, American Linden was once the material choice for prosthetic limbs. It is still valued for its soft, light, easily worked wood, especially for turned items and hand carving.

Born in 1888 in Linden, West Virginia, Albert B. Cunningham was a veteran of World War I and a Methodist circuit rider. He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1929 and came to Texas Tech University where he taught English for 20 years. Cunningham completed 42 novels and numerous short stories prior to his death in 1962. Many of these were mysteries written under the pseudonyms Garth Hale or Estil Dale. His most read titles are The Manse at Barren Rocks (1918), The Singing Mountains (1919), Chronicle of an Old Town (1919), Western Reserve – a story about Ohio, and Old Black Bass (1922).

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 This young buck, feasting on a grassy meadow, is an example of the plentiful wildlife in Linden.

This young buck, feasting on a grassy meadow, is an example of the plentiful wildlife in Linden.

 Henry's Fork runs along Linden Road.

Henry’s Fork runs along Linden Road.

 Many Linden residents keep livestock like these chickens.

Many Linden residents keep livestock like these chickens.

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 Homes in Linden, West Virginia

Homes in Linden, West Virginia

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