HOME OF THE MILLIONAIRES I t is not everyday that one steps back in time. But the town of Bramwell’s quaint brick streets, elegant homes and quiet stillness will surprise guests with its Twice a year, visitors have the opportunity to step inside these lavish Victorian homes on a self-guided walking tour during the
Bramwell Tour of Homes . Listen to stories of old and imagine a life of luxury, deep in the mountains of Mercer County. After you tour the homes, stop in The Corner Shop for a bite of some local flavor. And don’t forget about dessert—adventures always call for ice cream and The Corner Shop makes theirs in-house! You can explore millionaire row throughout the year. Visit the Bramwell Depot , home of the Coal Heritage Trail Interpretive Center , to learn more about the town of Bramwell and the precious coal that made them rich and famous.
history and charm. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the little town of Bramwell was a hub of wealth, with more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the country. The Pocahontas coalfield was rich for coal mining, and 19 of the coal barons who owned businesses in the area settled right here in southern West Virginia. They built lavish homes with ballrooms and full-sized homes as playhouses for their kids. The pharmacy, which is now a restaurant with the original soda fountain, was one of the first stores to carry the upscale fragrance, Chanel No. 5.
Pinnacle Rock State Park
Pinnacle Rock State Park is named for the 3,100- foot sandstone rock formation that highlights the park and makes for breathtaking photo opportu- nities. Established in 1938 when the Conservation Commission purchased a 26-acre tract of land surrounding Pinnacle Rock, the park now has more than 400 acres, including the 15-acre Jimmy Lewis Lake. The lake provides fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish, and trout are stocked once a month from February through May.
Explore the park’s six hiking loop trails, all about one mile in length and of moderate difficulty. If you are looking for the perfect picnic site, there are plenty of picnic areas and tables and even a large picnic shelter and fireplace with seating for up to 75 people. There is also a playground for the kids to enjoy. Pinnacle Rock State Park is located on U.S. Route 52, just a couple miles east of Bramwell.
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