Town of Pax

GPS: 37.91, -81.264
ELEVATION: 1,644 Feet

Mayor Peggy Helm-Sasser is the great great granddaughter of William Humphrey who founded the town in 1840. He raised cattle and cleared land for farming, then shared large sections of land with his children.

Mayor Peggy Helm-Sasser is the great great granddaughter of William Humphrey who founded the town in 1840. He raised cattle and cleared land for farming, then shared large sections of land with his children.

The War Memorial names those from Pax who have fallen in wars. It is located in front of The Korner Restaurant.

The War Memorial names those from Pax who have fallen in wars. It is located in front of The Korner Restaurant.

Pax is a rural town located at West Virginia Turnpike (Interstates 64 and 77) Exit 54. Though there are only about 200 residents, Pax offers amenities like a post office, gasoline, convenience groceries, a restaurant, community center, fire department, water and sewer utilities, parks and a library to a large rural area surrounding the town.

Town Council meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at the Town Hall Conference Center at 333 Main Street. The public is invited to attend. For information or meeting agendas call Town Hall at 304-877-2407.

The town was first called “Paintsville” for the Upper Paint Creek that runs through the community. Residents say the creek was named because the Indians used it to wash off their war paint.

The biggest event is the Pax Reunion which brings people back to town on even years. “In 2008 some people came all the way from Germany,” said Mayor Helm-Sasser. “We share music, dancing and food. It lets everyone catch up with their friends and what’s going on in Pax.”

The Pax Reunion Committee (PRC) purchased the school property after it was closed during consolidations. They converted it to a large community center which offers classroom or meeting space, a large gym for events, a park and playground, and a library space. For information about using the Pax Community Center call Biddle Williams at 304-877-5306.

The PRC compiled a history book about Pax entitled “Treasured Memories”. It can be obtained from Mayor Helm-Sasser, who is a member of the PRC, by calling 304-575-7763. Resident Henry Meredith prepared a website, www.PaxFlood.com, which has extensive history, reunion and parade photos, news articles, and other interesting information about Pax.

The Korner is a family restaurant with a BP Station and convenience store. “We also have catering services and space for wedding receptions or other events,” said Bobby Holley. Mr. Holley and his wife Gracie purchased the business in 2000, but both had worked there for many years. “Sometimes people arrive who are about out of gas and had to stop,” explains Mr. Holley. “We make them feel very comfortable and often they become regular customers, stopping in any time they are in this area.” For more information about The Korner call 304-877-6900.

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 "Welcome to Pax" greets everyone that enters this friendly community.

“Welcome to Pax” greets everyone that enters this friendly community.

 The Korner Restaurant makes and sells between 50 and 200 homemade Fried Fruit Pies every day... a tasty bargain at only $1 each!

The Korner Restaurant makes and sells between 50 and 200 homemade Fried Fruit Pies every day… a tasty bargain at only $1 each!

 Gracie Holley, holding her granddaughter Shelby, has worked at The Korner since 1990.

Gracie Holley, holding her granddaughter Shelby, has worked at The Korner since 1990.

 The Pioneer Fuel Corporation's coal processing plant.

The Pioneer Fuel Corporation’s coal processing plant.

 The Pax Volunteer Fire Department.

The Pax Volunteer Fire Department.

 The old school gym, along with the school and playground, is now the Pax Community Center.

The old school gym, along with the school and playground, is now the Pax Community Center.

 Center Street Park provides a playground and grassy field for children to enjoy.

Center Street Park provides a playground and grassy field for children to enjoy.

 The public target range at Plum Orchard Lake.

The public target range at Plum Orchard Lake.

 About 5 miles from Pax, Plum Orchard Lake and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) provides fishing, hunting, camping and other recreational opportunities.

About 5 miles from Pax, Plum Orchard Lake and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) provides fishing, hunting, camping and other recreational opportunities.

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