DescriptionNancy Hart, a Confederate spy, led an attack on Summersville in 1861. During the battle a Union force was captured, and the town was burned. Hart escaped to Confederate lines but returned after Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender.
US 19, a 45-mile scenic highway linking I-79 at Sutton and the West Virginia Turnpike at Bradley, passes Summersville near Summersville Lake. The lake, West Virginia's largest with 60 miles of shoreline and more than 2,800 acres of water, offers swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, camping, scuba diving and picnicking opportunities. Summersville serves as the county seat for Nicholas County.
The Gauley River National Recreation Area, between Summersville and Swiss, protects 25 miles of the Gauley River and 6 miles of its tributary, the Meadow River. The Gauley is known for its rapids, white-water rafting and fishing opportunities. The recreation area can be reached from Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park or Summersville Dam off SR 129 and from SR 39. Information is available at park headquarters, P.O. Box 246, Glen Jean, WV 25846; phone (304) 465-0508.
Visitor InfoSummersville Area Chamber of Commerce 19 Memorial Park Rd. SUMMERSVILLE, WV 26651. Phone:(304)872-1588
Things to SeeCarnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park