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Hope’s Heritage Day

March 24 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm

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On March 24, 1910, the town of Mount Hope experienced a fire that would ravage the community. The townsfolk’s spirit would not be devastated as the buildings that stood around them now were. Banding together citizens from Mount Hope and the surrounding communities would unite to rebuild the town. Stone buildings rose from the ashes strewn along the bustling dirt roads. Prosperity would find it’s way back into the area poising Mount Hope to one day become the economic center of the county.

In May 2017, citizens from Mount Hope and the surrounding communities would unite together to inject energy back into the Phoenix City. The “Mount Hope Historic Walking Tour” was designed to highlight the architecture reminiscent of the coal fields from the early 1900s through the 1950s. It was the goal of the team to inject energy throughout the area by developing a progressive scheme of incorporating public art with historical awareness. A detailed brochure of the walking tour was designed to direct the flow of guests throughout the historic district.

The Mount Hope Revitalization Coalition would like to honor the Phoenix Spirit of the town by inviting you to join us for Hope’s Heritage Day on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Mount Hope. At 2:00pm meet Active Southern West Virginia Community Captain Jean Evansmore at the Mountainair Hotel where you will be guided along the route. Travel bake in time and discover points of interest published in the Mount Hope Historic Walking Tour brochure. Participants will be walk through the town where exploring Mount Hope’s rich heritage.

At 3:00 PM join other community members as we gather together for a Sunday Supper pot-luck at the Historic Cottle Mountainair Hotel. Bring a dish which is enough to feed your family.

Join us for an active and fun afternoon of heritage and history as we all sit around the table to reminisce and explore future possibilities for our town.

The Mount Hope Historic Walking Tour & Public Art project is designed to capitalize on Mount Hope’s beautiful, historic downtown district, which was listed on the National Register for Historic Places, as well as the community’s location as a gateway community to the New River Gorge National River. It is the intention of the Coalition to focus on the unique cultural heritage and history of the Mount Hope area while supporting local artists through the commissioning of public art. By highlighting the distinct quality of the downtown historic district, the group hopes to increase visitation to the Mount Hope area while attracting interest in private investment for historic preservation. Increasing awareness of Mount Hope’s trail networks and boosting physical activity is another goal of the Coalition.

The Mount Hope Revitalization Coalition is comprised of members from Active Southern West Virginia, Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority, Harmony for Hope Inc., Crawford Holdings LLC., National Coal Heritage Authority, and the National Park Service. Additional support is provided by a Preserve WV AmeriCorps member whose service was made possible by Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority and through a grant to the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia from Volunteer WV, the State’s Commission for National and Community Service, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.



March 24
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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