Historic District

Ronceverte, West Virginia

The Ronceverte Historic Landmarks Commission was established in 2002 to oversee the preservation and restoration of buildings and sites important to Ronceverte’s historic past. The five member commission has overseen the historic survey of the town resulting on over 130 buildings being placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in May 2005.

 

Ronceverte’s rich lumber and railroad history is found everywhere from the historic depot and coaling tower located in the heart of the downtown, to the vast array of historic homes built to accommodate railroad and lumber executives, and medical and education professionals.



Ronceverte was the commerce center of Greenbrier County from its founding as a railroad passenger hub in 1872 through the latter half of the 1900s. Historic store fronts echo the days when shoppers could buy from the Marie Leist Dress Shop, Townley Brothers 5 & 10, George’s Rexall Drug Store, C. J. Casdolph and Son Grocery, the Greenbrier Drug Store, Ellis Style Shop, the City Meat Market and Burkholder and Green Department Store.


We can boast that we are a community of 51 firsts to include the first hospital, the first power plant, the first brick streets, the first area fire department, the first water plant, the first consolidated high school and the first woman mayor.

The Saint Lawrence Boom and Manufacturing Company was established in 1873 and was the world’s largest softwood producing sawmill from 1881 until 1913. Today, Ronceverte’s lumber importance continues with Mullican Lumber and Flooring, producing high quality solid wood flooring on the site of the original old mill.


The Ronceverte Historic Landmarks Commission has also created a Historic Walking Tour Brochure of the town to ease visitors seeking a flavor of Ronceverte’s impressive past. This brochure is available by contacting the RHLC at 304-647-5455 or the brochure may be found on line or at several locations and businesses in the downtown.

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