Alderson, WV Rewards a Slow Stroll

Alderson train station, still in use by Amtrak today.

ALDERSON, W.Va. — I first wrote about this small southern West Virginia town for my book, “The Hillbilly Highway” about 25 years ago. The late Maxine Payne of here and nearby Hinton first introduced me to Alderson, which is divided by the Greenbrier River.

I’ve been passing through fairly regularly since, considering it’s out-of-the-beaten-path location, when Maxine brought me here for lunch at the now gone Monroe Diner.

This week, while visiting family in the region and doing a bit of work, I decided it was time to spend a couple of nights here. I’m glad I did. After checking in at the Riverview Motel, I took a stroll through downtown. Below are a few glimpses of what I saw.

The Alderson Medical Center is now where the Monroe Diner was when I featured it in “The Hillbilly Highway”
A freight train rumbles through downtown Alderson.
A public park on the Monroe County side of Alderson. The Greenbrier River is in the background.
A historical marker at the public park in Alderson, W.Va.
Dusk over the Greenbrier River in Alderson, W.Va.
Evening mist sets in over the Greenbrier River upstream from Alderson, W.Va.

© Michael M. Barrick, 2021. The Appalachian Chronicle is a publication of Grassroots Appalachia.

4 comments

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this. How about adding the federal prison where Martha Stewart resided for a while
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  2. Since you mentioned strolling, you should have mentioned that a popular walk is to walk across both bridges. I noticed only photos taken in Monroe County are shown. Greenbrier County is pretty too. One of the delightful sights in Alderson in Monroe County not shown is Old Victorian Inn.

  3. Simply beautiful piece, Michael. We are so lucky to have someone chronicling Appalachia and ushering humans back into just enjoying life.
    Roseanna

  4. Thanks – I also have liked my few visits to Alderson. I believe “Brick Top” is because she had red hair! Rose

    On Fri, May 28, 2021 at 8:18 AM Appalachian Chronicle wrote:

    > Michael M. Barrick posted: ” Alderson train station, still in use by > Amtrak today. ALDERSON, W.Va. — I first wrote about this small southern > West Virginia town for my book, “The Hillbilly Highway” about 25 years ago. > The late Maxine Payne of here and nearby Hinton first introduc” >

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