History & Heritage
The stories of native American Indians, early settlers, and more history.
The advent of the railroad along the New River brought with it legendary stories and a building boom.
From subsistence farms to early churches, roadside markers, legends & lore, and others.
HINTON WALKING TOUR
Hinton was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, covering approximately 200 buildings within a twenty-four block area.
Summers County was established on February 27, 1871, from segments of Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, and Monroe counties. It has a rich history that dates back to the early 1700s when European settlers began exploring the region. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes. The earliest European exploration of the region was led by pioneers such as John Peter Salling and John Van Metre, who ventured into the New River Valley in the mid-1700s.
The first permanent European settlers arrived in Summers County in the late 1700s. Among them were families seeking fertile land and opportunities for a better life. They established small settlements along the New River and its tributaries.
In the early 1800s, more settlers from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina came to the region, attracted by the abundance of natural resources and the fertile soil of the river valleys. These pioneers primarily engaged in subsistence farming, raising crops such as corn, wheat, and vegetables, and keeping livestock for their sustenance.
One of several examples of the final evolution and remains of the old subsistence lifestyle. The original Revolutionary War veteran land grant in this area of the New River was granted in 1796, to William Richmond.
The mid-1800s brought significant changes to Summers County with the advent of the railroad. The Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Railroad was built through the region, connecting the Atlantic Coast to the Ohio River and the Midwest. This railway construction facilitated the transportation of timber, coal, and other resources from the county to larger markets, opening up new economic opportunities for the area.
The arrival of the railroad also brought increased industrialization, attracting new industries and workers to Summers County. Small towns and villages sprang up along the railway line, contributing to the growth of the county's population and economy.
HINTON RAILROAD MUSEUM
Established in 1991, the museum takes you back to the early days of Hinton and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company.
HINTON HISTORIC DISTRICT
The history of Hinton began with the advent of rail construction through the area. The C&O Railway Company purchased much of the land at auction, and divided it into lots. A building boom began and Hinton was born.