DescriptionIts economy fired by the nearby coal fields, Bramwell was once considered the richest town in the country, having 19 millionaires. The symbol of its wealth, the Bramwell Bank, gained fame when it floated the largest Liberty Bond during World War I, resulting in the commonly used 1920s phrase “solid as the Bank of Bramwell.” The Depression brought an end to prosperity and closed the bank, but many of the structures representative of West Virginia's gilded age have been preserved in the town's historic district.
Pinnacle Rock State Park, 5 miles southeast on US 52, is known for its namesake 3,100-foot sandstone formation. Picnicking, hiking and fishing can be enjoyed at this scenic park.
Self-guiding toursWalking tour maps are available at the town hall and the Coal Heritage Trail Interpretive Center, 100 Simmons St. The sights include several mansions and buildings in the business district. For more information contact the Bramwell Town Hall; phone (304) 248-7114 or (866) 858-8959.