City of Mount Hope

GPS: 37.895, -81.164
ELEVATION: 1,722 Feet

Helpful links:
City of Mount Hope
Fayette County Chamber of Commerce
Fayette County Board of Education
WVU Extension Service
Southern West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mount Hope History

Once the international headquarters of The New River Coal Company, historic Mount Hope has many beautiful large buildings of stone and masonry including grand churches, a community center with a gym and a football stadium. The city’s fast growth and demand for impressive buildings attracted Italian stone masons who constructed buildings, stone walls and stairways throughout town. Now, past their coal boom, the city has a stable population of about 1,500 residents. “Mount Hope is a charming city,” said Mayor Michael Martin. “I invite you to visit us or relocate your family and/or business to our community. You will feel right at home.”

Mount Hope is located on State Highway 16 about 5 miles from U.S. Route 19. It is 50 miles to Beckley Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW) and 68 miles to Yeager Airport (CRW). R. J. Corman Railroad Company provides 16 miles of freight rail service from the CSX interchange at Thurmond through Mount Hope to Pax. Three Mount Hope businesses use the rail line: Georgia Pacific, Austin Powder and Tanner Industries.

Mount Hope Industrial Park has brought approximately 500 jobs to the area by providing space for four new companies: Global Contact Services, Gene Spadaro Juvenile Detention Center, American Refractory Company LLC, and Mankin Equipment, Inc. Many service and retail businesses are scattered through the town and nearby areas.

The Community Center is a busy place in Mount Hope. “I started running the center in 2006,” explained Anita Grant, Community Center Director. “I grew up in Mount Hope, went to school here and live here now.” Ms. Grant keeps the center ready for all the activities community groups and individuals want to do including:
– Quilting classes
– Adult education and student tutoring programs
– Community lunches on Tuesdays
– Yoga classes on Thursdays
– Basketball programs
– Public computer lab
– A community garden
– Commercial kitchen for public use
– Events hosted by groups or families

Ms. Grant repairs computers that are donated to the Community Center and gives them away to residents that need them. “I owe everything to my parents,” she said. “My father always included me in whatever he was doing. He taught me how to do many things and to always stay busy.” For more information about the Mount Hope Community Center call 304-877-3211.

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 Mount Hope resident Tina Burgess works at the Post Office. She said, "I love it here. There are lots of good people in our community."

Mount Hope resident Tina Burgess works at the Post Office. She said, “I love it here. There are lots of good people in our community.”

 Mount Hope's Volunteer Fire Department

Mount Hope’s Volunteer Fire Department

 From 10 to 20 people a day use the computer center at Mount Hope Library according to Randall Ballard, Branch Manager. Part of the Fayette County Library system, Mount Hope has a large selection of books to borrow, summer reading programs and kinder classes. For more information about the library call 304-877-3260.

From 10 to 20 people a day use the computer center at Mount Hope Library according to Randall Ballard, Branch Manager. Part of the Fayette County Library system, Mount Hope has a large selection of books to borrow, summer reading programs and kinder classes. For more information about the library call 304-877-3260.

 Mount Hope Elementary School has an enrollment of about 280 students in grades PK-4th.

Mount Hope Elementary School has an enrollment of about 280 students in grades PK-4th.

 Mount Hope High School has an enrollment of about 400 students in grades 5th-12th.

Mount Hope High School has an enrollment of about 400 students in grades 5th-12th.

 Mount Hope Municipal Stadium is a castle-like structure built by the coal company and donated to the city. The Mount Hope Mustangs play football in this arena with fans from town cheering.

Mount Hope Municipal Stadium is a castle-like structure built by the coal company and donated to the city. The Mount Hope Mustangs play football in this arena with fans from town cheering.

 Shown (left to right) in front of the Mount Hope Community Center are its Director Anita Grant, Paul Fore, Jeryll Clark and Barbara Whitehair.

Shown (left to right) in front of the Mount Hope Community Center are its Director Anita Grant, Paul Fore, Jeryll Clark and Barbara Whitehair.

 The Mount Hope Community Center Building was originally built as a YMCA. It has offices, an auditorium and a basketball gymnasium.

The Mount Hope Community Center Building was originally built as a YMCA. It has offices, an auditorium and a basketball gymnasium.

 Mount Hope City Hall

Mount Hope City Hall

 This building was originally The New River Coal Company Store which sold groceries, general merchandise, sporting goods and hardware.

This building was originally The New River Coal Company Store which sold groceries, general merchandise, sporting goods and hardware.

 The U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration is located in Mount Hope because of its heritage as a headquarters for coal industry management offices.

The U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration is located in Mount Hope because of its heritage as a headquarters for coal industry management offices.

 The Stadium Terrace housing development, built in 1939, was the nation's second public housing project. It was built by the Housing Authority of the City of Mount Hope with assistance of the United States Housing Authority under the Presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. There are 135 units of public housing in the City of Mount Hope.

The Stadium Terrace housing development, built in 1939, was the nation’s second public housing project. It was built by the Housing Authority of the City of Mount Hope with assistance of the United States Housing Authority under the Presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. There are 135 units of public housing in the City of Mount Hope.

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