City of Mount Hope, WV

Welcome to CityofMountHope.org


Since the year 2000, the CityofMountHope.org domain has hosted the official website of the City of Mount Hope, West Virginia.  Effective immediately, this domain is no longer be affiliated with the City of Mount Hope.  However, this website will continue to provide (unofficial) information about Mount Hope, WV, and the surround communities. 

Please bear with us during the transition period, as we rebuild the site.  

 

 

About: Mount Hope

On the verge of more-than 32,000 acres of stunning national parkland, you'll find a community to treasure, a great place to visit, and a wonderful place to live. Mount Hope looks much as it did during the early-1900's. Antique storefronts still line its sunny main street. Children regularly race to its ball fields after school. The bells at the Baptist Temple echo across the vale that the community of 1,500 rests within.

 

The Boy Scouts Are Coming, the Boy Scouts Are Coming!

 

 

The Story of How Mt. Hope Got Its Name (That You Probably Never Heard)


A commonly heard story, that attempts to explain how Mount Hope got its name, that involves Judge McGinnis, Egypt, pea vines, a school, and grazing cattle, might not actually be all that accurate.  A far simpler explanation outlined in a 1936 newspaper article suggests that the town was so named because Luther Warner, the first postmaster of the Mt. Hope, had moved here from a town named Mount Hope, located in the state of Rhode Island.  Since Postmaster Warner was probably called upon to supply the official name for the post office, he may have simply given the new post office the name of the town from which his family came.
 

Mount Hope's YMCA Building Sold to Board of Education in 1933


The Loop Creek District Young Men's Christian Association building on Main Street in Mount Hope served thousands of men and women, boys and girls during the 1920s through the 1930s. The dedication and formal opening of the "Y" took place on Wednesday evening, February 15, 1922.

An indoor swimming pool was in service in the building, with regular gymnasium classes held during the winter months and tennis, "big ball," and other games during the greater part of the year. As built, the building contained a boy's department, ladies' department, swimming pool, bowling alleys, pool room, a 60x80 gymnasium fully equipped with a stage and dressing rooms, and a seating capacity for 500 spectators; spacious lobby, 18 dormitory rooms, a banquet hall, a completely equipped kitchen, and lockers and locker rooms.

Loup Creek District Y.M.C.A>in Mount Hope, W.Va.

In 1933, the Fayette County Board of Education purchased the building for $9,000, from The New River Company.  The original cost of the structure was said to be $111,000. 
 

 

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