The city of Williamson WV lies on the Kentucky border with West Virginia on the banks of the Tug Fork River. The Tug Fork River separates the states of West Virginia and Kentucky. The Tug Fork River and the surrounding countryside is best known as the setting of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s feud. Williamson is the county seat of Mingo County in West Virginia.
Williamson WV has a population of a little over 3000 residents. The economy of the area is largely based on coal mining and transportation. Coal mining provides employment income and sizeable tax revenue that feeds the local economy. Williamson is served by Riverside Elementary School, Sacred Heart Elementary School (Private), Williamson Middle School, and Williamson High School. The nearest colleges and universities are Marshall University in Huntington WV and Bluefield State College in Bluefield WV. Marshall is just over 50 miles away and Bluefield State is almost 80 miles away.
Williamson West Virginia is served by one public library, Williamson Public Library. Williamson is served by Williamson Memorial Hospital. Three other hospitals are located with-in 30 miles of Williamson. The nearest airport for passenger service is Tri-State located in Huntington WV about 50 miles away. Williamson WV is served by the Williamson Daily News, a newspaper located in town.
The largest tourist attraction in the area is the Hatfield-McCoy Trail. The Hatfield-McCoy Trail is a series of trails in this part of the state built to allow recreational ATV riding. Other sites of interest reside in Williamson and Mingo County WV. Visitors to the area who are interested in the Hatfield-McCoy Feud can take a driving tour of the area to the significant locations. The House Made of Coal is another unique oddity. The House Made of Coal is just that, a building made entirely of Coal. The House Made of Coal currently houses the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce. Though it is some distance away in Beckley, all visitors to the area should visit the Exhibition Coal Mine. The Exhibition Coal Mine take visitors into a real mine letting those of us who light our homes with coal produced electricity (50% of electric in the US is produced by coal) to see the extraordinary process that miners go through to extract the coal from the ground.
Williamson WV is located on Route 52 south of its juncture with Interstate 64 near Huntington WV. Route 52 can also be reached from Interstate 77 at Bluefield WV.
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