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Bramwell (West Virginia)

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Bramwell [1] is a town of 426 people (as of 2000) in the the Bluefield micropolitan area of West Virginia. Incorporated in 1888, Bramwell became known as the "Home of Millionaires" because it contained more millionaires per capita around the turn of the 20th century (up to 13, mostly wealthy coal barons) than any other town in the US; today, their Victorian and Tudor style mansions can still be viewed. The town was named for New York civil engineer J. H. Bramwell, who became the town's first postmaster and president of the Bank of Bramwell, and incorporated in 1888. Bramwell was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Get in[edit]

Bramwell is located just off US-52, between Bluefield and Welch.

Bramwell is also a stop on the Bluefield-Welch line of Bluefield Area Transit [2]; buses pass by 5 times a day going in each direction.

Get around[edit]


  • A tour of Bramwell's many historic homes, 304-248-7114 or 304-248-7252 or 866-248-TOUR. the 1895 Goodwill House (with a ballroom), the 1902 Perry House (with Victorian furnishings, now a bed-and-breakfast), the Virginia Davis House, the 1909 Thomas House (with carved walls, a dumbwaiter and central vacuum-cleaning system), the 1909 Mann House and Bungalow (a three-story turreted mansion and house-sized "playhouse" for his children and governess), and the 1914 Hewitt House (the last coal-baron house built in Bramwell, with Tiffany fixtures and hardwood floors. Currently the "Hewitt House Bed & Breakfast" _ [3] 304-248-8385).
  • The historic Bank of Bramwell building. Thanks to the nearby Pocahontas coalfields, the Bank of Bramwell was once the financial center of southern West Virginia and one of the wealthiest banks per capita in the United States, until its closure in 1933 during the Great Depression. The bank was so wealthy that money was transported by wheelbarrow in leather bags to the trains station. Apparently, it even inspired a popular phrase in the 1920s: "solid as the Bank of Bramwell".
  • The 1904 Bramwell Presbyterian Church, WV-120 and Main Street, 304-248-8085.
  • Highwall Park, US-52. Bluegrass music every second Saturday from May through October.
  • Pinnacle Rock State Park, 304-248-8565, US-52 southeast of Bramwell, [4]. 400 acres of parkland, trout-stocked Jimmy Lewis Lake, 2-mile hiking trail, and a 3,100-foot sandstone formation with overlook.



  • Historic Bramwell House Tour, 304-248-8381 or 304-248-7114. Held on the second Saturday in May and the second Saturday in December. Covers 21 house and building exteriors in the historic district.
  • Bramwell Oktoberfest, 304-248-8004, [5]. Held in early October since 1996. Brewpub and homebrew competitions, beer tastings, artisan's market, local tours, live entertainment. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.


  • Blue Moon, Main Street, 304-248-7414, [6]. Eclectic gifts including decorations, soaps, candles, cards, jewelry, antiques, and local artwork.
  • Bramwell Corner Shop, . Housed in the 1910 Bryant pharmacy, with the original furniture and wall cabinets. The original ice-cream parlor still serves ice cream and milkshakes.
  • A Touch of Glass, Main Street, 304-248-8543.


  • Sadie's Place, 304-248-8181. Calzones, hamburgers, subs and hot dogs.



  • Bluestone Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1 Main Street, 304-248-7402.
  • Main Street Suites, 304-248-7414 or 813-748-9403, [7]. 2-bedroom apartment suites with full bath, living and dining room, kitchen and foyer.
  • The Pack House, Main Street, 304-248-7252.
  • Perry House Bed & Breakfast, 4 Main Street, 304-248-8145 or 800-328-0248, [8]. 4 rooms. Historic 1902 home furnished with antiques and woodburning fireplace. $75.
  • River's Bend Bed & Breakfast, 211 S River Street, 304-248-8543 or 304-248-8528.
  • Three Oaks & A Quilt, Duhring Street, 304-248-8316.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Bramwell
HuntingtonWelch  N noframe S  BluefieldWinston-Salem

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