Sutton, Braxton County and the State of West Virginia 




      Just A Brief History ...  and some other useful information.

Sutton's Elevation is 840 ft. (256 m)  [ lat is 38.664N.   long is -80.71W.]
Population (yr 2000)  1,011  

In about 1810 a trading center for the surrounding farm lands developed.
John D. Sutton moved to the present site and settled in 1810, it was commonly called Newville.
It was chartered as a town called Suttonville, by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on January 27, 1826.
Renamed to Sutton for John D. Sutton, it's founder, on March 1, 1837.
It was incorporated on February 20, 1860.

On December 29, 1861, Sutton was set fire by the Tuning brothers, a couple of Confederate Soldiers, 
most of the town was burned, only six original buildings survived.

The town was rebuilt after the war.    Sutton was reincorporated in 1873.


Downtown Sutton Historic District
[6.92 MB PDF]
The Sutton Historic District was nominated/certified for inclusion in the National Registry
by the State Historic Preservation Officer on May 18, 1987.

The period of significance of the Sutton Historic District is ca. 1870 to ca. 1935.

Sutton Historic District consisted of approximately 11 blocks of the downtown area of Sutton.
In 1987 it contained 112 buildings, 87 contributing and 25 non contributing buildings
to it's "Historic District" designation. Only three of the original Sutton buildings still existed.

#63 The Elk Theatre building, ca. 1930, was listed as a contributing building in that paperwork.


Major Fires in the Town of Sutton

December 29, 1861, most of the town was burned, only six buildings survived.

April 1907  Riverview Hotel Fire killed a bride and groom - DR. and MRS. LLOYD GAREE
- The Humeston New Era Iowa 1907-04-10 Researched and Transcribed by Stu Beitler.

ca 1920 - fire burned a large section of Sutton.

between 1929-1931 - block on Main Street - several buildings burned

200? - fire burned two historical buildings on Main Street in Sutton.


The Town of Sutton is home to:
Century Inn, Braxton's oldest restaurant, The Sutton Pool, a seasonal swimming pool, 
Evan's Garage, Sutton Feed & Hardware, Elk Valley Auto Repair, Mike's Garage    
and many other friendly businesses. 
We also have
"The Elk River Water Trail" runs 72 miles from Sutton Dam all the way to Charleston and we have 
the 12 mile long Jeremiah Carpenter Mt. Bike Trail, located on the north side of Sutton Dam.

Sutton is located on the Elk River, home of the Sutton Dam, which creates Sutton Lake.
The Sutton Dam,
completed in 1961, is a concrete-gravity structure. 
It is 210 feet high, 1,178 feet long and 195 feet wide at the base.  

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates and maintains the dam and project recreation facilities.
For touring info, contact the Sutton Dam Resource Manager. (304) 765-2816.
Lake, stream, and project Information 24 hour recording (304)765-2705.
Today Sutton is a popular center for fishing and hunting on nearby lakes and rivers.
Those lakes and rivers combine to be the Elk River Wildlife Management Area

The lake is home to the Sutton Lake Marina and Bee Run Swim Area 
and we have many very nice campgrounds in our county. 
Bee Run Marina – (304)765-2120.  
Bee Run Campground – (304)765-2816
Gerald R. Freeman Campground - (304)765-7756.    Bakers Run – Mill Creek Campground – (304)765-5631. 

For more online info check out the campgrounds through the
Come Visit Us In Beautiful Central WV.

++++++++++++++++++++++      BRAXTON COUNTY       ++++++++++++++++++++++++

Braxton County was created by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on January 15,1836 
from parts of Lewis, Kanawha, and Nicholas counties.  
It was reported that 2,371 people were residing in the area at that time. 
It was named for Carter Braxton, a VA statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Braxton County is prominently mentioned through out our American History. 
It is reported to be the site of the famous Bulltown Indian massacre in 1765. 
During the Civil War both Union and Confederate Troops had a large presence throughout 
the county.

Braxton County is also home to many businesses, not listed earlier,
many are family owned businesses like restaurants, hardware and feed stores.
The Braxton CVB has info on some of these.

Waffle Hut    Red Rooster Cafe   Custard Stand   Lloyd's Restaurant
Ducky's Restaurant   Stancatti's Restaurant
We also have the Exit 67 - Pilot Station & Moe's Restaurant  China Buffet
 Dairy Queen  Arby's  McDonalds  KFC   Wendy's   Long John Silvers  Pizza Hut
We even have a couple pet stores in Gassaway.

Lloyd's Hardware   Rexroad's Building Supplies   84 Lumber    
True Value Hardware   Gassaway Hardware    
Braxton Farm Supply (Southern States)   

Bank of Gassaway   City National Bank

BP   GoMart   Sunoco  Exxon 

We also have several bars if you wish to partake of such libations.

We have the annual Braxton County Fair, a bowling alley.
Our youth have programs like 4-H, Scouts, local churches and other type groups.
We also have our local sports from Braxton County High School,
Braxton County Middle School, and the other local ball teams.

Our schools have been consolidated for years so we only have one high school
and one middle school for the entire county, we currently still have six elementary schools.

Our county does have various festivals and events throughout the year.
You will find our Festivals and Regularly Scheduled Events listed on our Braxton Festivals page.


Sutton/Braxton County has it's own small airport. 
Location  3 miles east of Sutton
Braxton County Airport
Post Office Box 486 
Sutton, WV 26601
Telephone: 304-765-2833 - FAX: 304-765-2093

It has an elevation of 384 meters, or 1,260 feet.
Degrees Minutes Seconds:  Latitude: 38-41'13'' N  Longitude: 080-39'06'' W
Decimal Degrees: 
Latitude: 38.6870445  Longitude: -80.6517609

more airport info please check below

 ++++++++++++++++++++++          RAILROAD AND CENTRAL WV           ++++++++++++++++++++++ 

The B&O Railroad was completed to Sutton in the 1890's, through the top of the state.
The West Virginia & Pittsburgh Railroad connected to Elkins in 1891.
In 1904, the Coal and Coke Railroad, which ran from Charleston to Elkins in Randolph County,
added a branch from Gassaway to Sutton. Previously, the only way to ship goods to

Charleston was by boat, on the Elk River.

+++++++++++++++++++++     West Virginia      ++++++++++++++++++++++++

The state of West Virginia, with its Appalachian Mountains, is the highest in elevation east of the Mississippi.
Forest covers about three-fourths of the state, while farms cover many of the ridges and fertile valleys.
Tourists come from all over to visit West Virginia's 33 state parks, experience its world-class white-water rafting,
or encounter its unique cultural traditions in music and the arts.

The Appalachian Mountains have always been an important resource in West Virginia.
Beneath them is the largest supply of coal in the nation.
The state motto is "Mountaineers are always free,"
and West Virginia lives up to its nickname of the "Mountain State."

It is the only state which entirely lies within the area served by the Appalachian Regional Commission,
which is a common definition of "Appalachia".  The Appalachian Mountains

are some of the oldest on earth, having formed over 300 million years ago.


West Virginia became a state on June 20, 1863
Only new state born from the Civil War. 

It's also the only state awarded statehood by Presidential Proclamation.

West Virginia is the only state in the Union to secede from a Confederate state during the 
Civil War. 

Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861
Very few of the residents of the western counties owned slaves, so they decided to stay with the Union.

An act for the reorganization of the government was passed on June 19, 1861.
On June 20th at a meeting, they organized a rival state government and elected two United States senators
who were promptly recognized
by the Federal government in Washington, D.C. 

Thus, there were two state governments in Virginia, 
one pledging allegiance to the United States and one to the Confederacy.

An application for admission to the Union was made to Congress, and on December 31, 1862,
an enabling act was approved by President Abraham Lincoln.
This act admitting West Virginia,
on the condition that a provision for the gradual abolition of slavery be inserted in its Constitution.

The revised constitution was adopted on March 26, 1863, and on April 20, 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation admitting the state at the end of sixty days (June 20, 1863).

Many felt that West Virginia's admission as a state was both illegal and unconstitutional, 
but wartime politics prevailed.
The question of the constitutionality of the formation of the new
was brought before the Supreme Court of the United States,
Berkeley and Jefferson counties had voted in favor of annexation to West Virginia.
The Virginia General Assembly repealed the act of secession and in 1866 brought suit against West Virginia,
asking the court to declare the counties a part of Virginia,
which would have declared West Virginia's admission as a state unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, on March 10, 1866, Congress passed a joint resolution recognizing the transfer.
The Supreme Court, in 1870, decided in favor of West Virginia.

The area which became West Virginia actually furnished about an equal number of soldiers
to the Federal and Confederate armies, approximately 22,000-25,000 each.

[The name West Virginia was given to the western counties of Virginia which refused to secede in 1863.]


More Airport Data
481  Braxton County  Sutton WV  Timezone  ET
Lat: N 3841.2   Long: W 08039.1  Elev: 1276  Var: +06
Longest Runway: 3995    AWOS:  118.22   CTAF: 122.

It is also known by its airport location "48I."
This AIRPORT is at 1276 feet altitude in BRAXTON county, WEST VIRGINIA.

Database ID: 19795
Location ID: 48I

Elevation: 1276
Latitude: 139273.6000N
Longitude: 290347.5000W
Land Area: 76


BOX 486
SUTTON, WV 26601
Phone: 304-765-2835

History Info:,_West_Virginia,_West_Virginia,tll:1863,tlh:1863&ei=wyRmSsOKF4KHtgfenq32Dw&oi=toolbelt_timeline_result&resnum=1&ct=timeline-date - Historic Designation for Sutton