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Attached to your City Hall (municipal building), visit our little food panty – “Leave what you can/take what you need”

HISTORY TO PRESENT… THIS IS PLEASANT VALLEY

  • We are the oldest community in West Virginia
  • The oldest house was built in the late 1700s
  • The Kingmont community was a hub for trade on the Tygart River
  • In 1995, we became the City of Pleasant Valley, Marion County, WV
  • Total land area is currently just 3.23 square miles w/another .18 square miles of navigable waterway
  • Government services are headquartered at City Hall/Municipal Building located at 2340 Kingmont Road
  • Emily Haddix was elected Mayor in 2020. She is the area’s youngest Mayor ever.  A quote from Ms. Haddix, “It’s an exciting time to be apart of our city.”
    • Tip!!!  If trying to locate us via GPS or Google Maps, they still have most of us listed as having a Fairmont address (hmmm?) – Please be assured, Pleasant Valley is here, and we welcome you.

POPULATION & BUSINESS

  • Population has been increasing: 2,000 to 3,400 since 1995
  • 172 roads (78 of which are state roads) – all are undergoing paving upgrades and refreshes
  • We have the Fairmont Municipal Airport nestled within our city boundaries; North Central West Virginia Airport is only 12 miles south of us; and, Pittsburg International Airport is a reasonable 72 miles north
  • Our Cracker Barrel Old Country Store/Restaurant at Exit 133 is the busiest on the east coast.  More local area eateries are: A&W; Copper House Grill; DJ’s 50’s & 60’s Diner; Jordan’s Bar; Muriale’s Italian Kitchen; Subway.  Other nearby restaurants are Applebee’s Grill & Bar; Arby’s; Bob Evans; Burger King; Colasessano’s Pizza; Dutchman’s Daughter; El Rey Mexican; Hardee’s; Hometown Hotdogs; Mi Pueblo Mexican; Poky Dot; and Steak Escape
  • We have four nationwide hotel chains right here in Pleasant Valley just off Exit 133 at Kingmont Rd; book your next stay at: Hampton Inn; Holiday Inn Express; Quality Inn; Super 8.  Other nearby hotels are Clarion; Days Inn; Fairfield Inn; Microtel; Red Roof; and Suburban Extended Stay
  • Higher education opportunity is abundant with both Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community Technical College campuses located within just six miles of our City Hall center; and, the flagship Morgantown West Virginia University campus is just a short drive up I-79 to our north
  • Our local area k-12 public schools include: Pleasant Valley Elementary, West Fairmont Middle School and East Fairmont High.  Each of these schools are highly rated in educational performance with active interscholastic sports and an abundance of extracurricular activities and special programs.  See more at Marion County Public Schools
  • Medical care is top-notched right here within Marion County.
  • “Location is key” – Pleasant Valley offers quick access to everything West Virginia
  • We are a very low taxed suburban area, business friendly/family friendly community
  • See our Pleasant Valley Zoning Map
  • Our Municipal Park includes a refurbished ballfield, extended playground, soccer field, and basketball court as well as a newly paved walking trail all around our municipal park (1/4 mile loop)

GEOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS

  • Mostly flat open buildable valley land surrounded by soft rolling hills
  • We are a mostly residential, suburban community w/room to grow
  • The City of Pleasant Valley encompasses the four distinctly laidback  suburban area community neighborhoods of Millersville, Pleasant Valley, Benton’s Ferry, and Kingmont
  • The City of Pleasant Valley is in Marion county.  For Marion County places to go, to stay, to shop, to eat, and places to gather, visit Marion County Visitor Center/Parks & Recreation
  • We have two key exits directly off and easy access onto I-79, Exit 133 (Kingmont Rd) and Exit 135 (Millersville Rd); you can also easily reach us from Exits 132 (Whitehall) and/or 136 (Fairmont Gateway Connector)

ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS

  • Main employers: schools, small businesses, industrial type businesses, hotels, restaurants, contractors
  • Major area employers: NASA, FBI Center, Fairmont State University, Pierpont Community Technical College, WVU, WVU Medicine, MonHealth, National Energy Tech Lab, Leidos Global Science & Tech, Marion County Schools, retail centers, John Deere dealership, Thomas Gas & Oil, TMC Technologies, UPS, storage buildings, Sales Electric, Shuck Fabricators, Francis Engineering, Sunbelt, DEP Environmental, O.C. Class
  • Median household income: $41,871
  • WV average: $40,196
  • For anyone thinking about relocating here, for expanded details, try looking for more information at WV.gov, see their business, education, government, and tourism links
  • See WV Job Resource Center New!

SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • We have many local as well as statewide initiatives working together to increase diversity and grow a healthy sustainable economic future; follow along with some of the Office of the Governor News
  • Churches: Benton’s Ferry United Methodist, Crossroads, Kingmont Methodist, Valley Chapel United Methodist, Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, Mountain Baptist, New Beginnings
  • Meeting places – Municipal Building/City Hall, Kingmont Road Community Building, Hotel Conference Rooms, Volunteer Fire house, “Hot spots”
  • Your window to WV – Follow the State’s Daily 304 News New!

COMMUNITY SERVICES

AREA RECREATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Pleasant Valley area is home to many popular outdoor areas and recreational opportunities, such as Morris Park and the Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Course Complex. There is also easy access to East Marion Park which offers baseball fields, softball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and horseshoe pits. The park also includes a large public wave pool, pavilions and a dog park.  See more at the Outdoor Recreation and Attractions at Marion County Visitor Center
  • For indoor recreation, check the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Purple Heart Memorial, and Korean War Memorial
  • WV – State Parks

WALKABLE AREA POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Pierpont House: Francis Harrison Pierpont outlined the plan to restore loyal western Virginia counties to the Union and give life to the state of West Virginia here. Books from his personal library were burned in the street during the 1863 Raid.
  • Pierpont Graves: Francis Pierpont and his wife, Julia, and three of their four children are buried here. The trailhead sign here describes the couple’s activities during and after the war.
  • Jones-Imboden Raid – Attack on Fairmont: The trailhead sign here describes the scene as Confederate Gen. Jones sent two columns of men through Fairmont. Part of the raiding party attacked a suspension bridge here then headed for the nearby B&O Railroad Bridge. The railroad bridge was destroyed, but quickly repaired.
  • Jones-Imboden Raid – Battle for the Bridge: Detachments from several Union units stationed in Fairmont attempted to prevent Confederate raiders from crossing the suspension bridge over the Monongahela River but were ultimately overcome.
  • Jones-Imboden Raid – Fleming House: Currently the headquarters for the Fairmont Woman’s Club, this downtown Fairmont mansion was originally home to Aretas Brooks Fleming, the eighth governor of West Virginia. Fleming was also a prosecuting attorney with the Home Guard across the river guarding the suspension bridge. Fleming was promoted to captain in the militia for his service during the raid.
  • Beverly-Fairmont Turnpike: Trailhead sign at 100 Kirk Street in Fairmont, reads… “The main column of Confederate Gen. William Jones rode by here April 29, 1863 en route to attacking the B&O Railroad Bridge, part of the objective of the 1863 Jones-Imboden Raid. This is the northern end of the Beverly-Fairmont Turnpike, a gravel road completed in 1852.”

THE CIVIL WAR TRAILS PROGRAM

The Civil War Trails Program has installed more than 1,000 interpretive markers at Civil War sites throughout Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, North Carolina and our very own West Virginia. Download this listing of West Virginia specific sites, see: WV_PDF-mapguide.pdf (civilwartrails.org).