Morgantown Summer 2021 Edition

Greenmont MOR E T HAN I T S SHAR E OF LOC A L HANGOU T S

GET A FRESH PERSPECT IVE

DORSEY’S KNOB PARK Just off of U.S. Route 119— they call it Sky Rock for a reason. RICHWOOD AVENUE Look out over Woodburn, Sabraton, and more on a drive up this thoroughfare. MONONGALIA COUNTY BALLPARK Wide views to the south and east over Morgantown and Westover. EVANSDALE CROSSING Have a coffee or a beer on the rooftop deck. HIGHVIEW PLACE This dead end off of Jones Avenue in Wiles Hill gives a great view upriver.

And like a century ago, Greenmont once again has lots of hangouts and local eats in the neighborhood. Quantum Bean Coffee, opened in 2018, quickly drew a loyal follow- ing. This little coffee bar roasts its own beans, and its big windows make for great people-watching. Greenmont resi- dents have to walk only a few minutes to buy a fresh-baked pastry, loaf of bread, or brick-oven pizza at Phoenix Bakery. Dinner can also be found in the neighborhood at Madeleine Marie’s Catering and Carry-Out, where Tommy and Tasia Thompson maintain a small dining room for locals. There’s beer in the neighborhood, too: Greenmonters can enjoy some of the best beer brewed in Morgantown in the cozy tasting room at Chestnut Brew Works. And the beer list, live music, and friendly atmosphere at Green- mont’s longtime neighborhood bar, Gene’s Beer Garden, are the envy of many neighborhoods. Among Greenmont’s residents are some long-term homeowners who are active in neighborhood and city affairs, keeping the neighborhood well plugged in. The Greenmont Neighborhood Association meets regularly. And Greenmont rocks Halloween every year with The Greenmont Haunt: a block party at the Arch Street Is- lands—several blocks of grassy median—with costumes, candy, and s’mores around a bonfire.

greenmont spans busy Brockway Avenue. Lower Greenmont, from Brockway down to the creek, holds some of Morgantown’s oldest history. Early settler Michael Kern built a gristmill there in the 1770s, and remains of his low- head dam can still be seen in the creek. He built a covered bridge across the creek directly under today’s Walnut Street bridge, too. Later, in the early 1900s, famed Italian mason Thoney Pietro built distinctive yellow brick homes. Lower Greenmont was an ethnically diverse neighborhood of working-class homeowners. They walked to independent food shops and rode the trolley to Sabraton to work in the tin mill and glass factories. Today’s Greenmont houses a mix of owners and renters in early-20th century homes on compact lots. The neighborhood offers cohesive historic character, with sidewalks everywhere and an active front-porch culture. It also has some of the best walkability to town—the farthest lots are less than a 20-minute walk from Saturday morning farmers markets and downtown dining, shopping, and entertainment. A new pedestrian bridge built about where Kern’s bridge once crossed Deckers Creek has given Greenmonters enviable access to a dog park and recreation and carless routes around town on the Deckers Creek Trail and the regional rail-trail network.

GENERAL AREA Below Brockway Avenue to Deckers Creek, above it to Wilson Avenue

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Dewey Street was the center of 1774 Kern’s Fort. The old logs are covered in clapboard. Look for the historical plaque.

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