Parker Rose Homes Extends its BOYL support. Parker Rose Custom Homes, headquartered in Bridgeport, WV, is extending it’s “build on your own lot” (BOYL) sales and service coverage in the following north central West Virginia towns.
Bridgeport, West Virginia (Main Office)
Bridgeport, WV (West Virginia), a city in central Harrison County, was chartered in 1816 and named for the Simpson Creek Covered Bridge, built in 1803, the first bridge in Harrison County. The community was formerly the home of oil magnate Michael Benedum. It may be best known for its lodging and retail centers, including the Meadowbrook Mall, located off the I-79 and US-50 expressways and the nearby New Point, East Point and Meadowbrook Mall shopping centers. The Harrison-Marion Regional Airport is situated one mile northeast.
Clarksburg, West Virginia
Clarksburg, West Virginia (WV), the county seat of Harrison County, was chartered in 1785 and named for George Rogers Clark, a Virginian hero of the American Revolution. The FBI Fingerprint Identification Center at Clarksburg is one of the chief employers in the region. Many hotels cluster around the city. The US-50 expressway joins I-79 at Clarksburg. The area, including adjacent Bridgeport, is a principal lodging and commercial center for northern West Virginia.
Davis, West Virginia
Davis, West Virginia (WV), in Tucker County, was incorporated in 1889 and named for the family of industrialist Henry Gassaway Davis, a U.S. Senator from West Virginia who served from 1871 until 1883. At an elevation of 3,099 feet above sea level, Davis is the most lofty municipality in the state. Many shops, restaurants, and lodging facilities in Davis cater to visiting skiers and other tourists.
Timberline and Canaan Valley ski resorts climb into the mountains seven miles southeast of Davis in the Canaan Valley. The White Grass Ski Area welcomes cross-country skiers to trek the central valley. Cross country is also accommodated at Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls state parks.
Davis is surrounded on almost every side by parkland. The following parks and public recreation areas are located within 20 miles of the community.
Elkins, West Virginia
Elkins, West Virginia (WV), the county seat of Randolph County, was incorporated in 1890 and named for industrialist Stephen B. Elkins, U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1895-1911. Elkins is the location of Davis & Elkins College.
On the Tygart Valley River in the north central Tygart Valley, Elkins is an important commercial center for agriculture, coal mining, and timbering. Beyond the valley, the community is flanked to the east and west by the Allegheny Mountains and the Monongahela National Forest. The Stuart Recreation Area, the Bear Heaven Recreation Area, the Otter Creek Wilderness are located in the national forest northeast of Elkins.
Fairmont, West Virginia
Fairmont, West Virginia (WV), the county seat of Marion County, was established in 1820 as Middletown. Chartered in 1843 as Fairmont, its name is a portmanteau of the words “fair” and “mount,” possibly because of its view of the Monongahela River from a bluff. The river is formed here at the junction of the West Fork and Tygart Valley rivers. The town was established by Boaz Flemming, reputedly after an inspirational conversation with his cousin, Dolley Madison, wife of President James Madison.
Perennially among the largest cities in West Virginia, Fairmont grew wealthy with the development of coal mining in the late 1800s. It was the home of Francis H. Pierpoint, the governor of the Restored Government of Virginia, and industrialist James O. Watson, sometimes known as the “father” of the West Virginia Coal Industry. Fairmont State University was established at Fairmont.
Long known as an industrial hub, the city has grown famous as a pleasant residential community along the Clarksburg-Fairmont-Morgantown Technology Corridor.
In 2017, Fairmont had a population of 18,000 with a median age of 34.5 and a median household income of $39,759. The median property value in Fairmont is $109,300 and the homeownership rate is 62.5 percent.
Morgantown, West Virginia
Morgantown, West Virginia (WV), the county seat of Monongalia County, was founded in about 1767 by Colonel Zackquill Morgan, son of Colonel Morgan Morgan, who was believed to be the first European to settle permanently in what would become West Virginia. The city is home to West Virginia University (WVU) and is one of the largest cities in West Virginia. In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked it tenth among the best small U.S. cities for “business and careers.” Business Insider named it the ninth best college town in America, and BizJournals.com named it the “No. 1 Small City in America.”
The 1,892-acre university campus in Morgantown includes 245 buildings, eleven of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 25,000 students annually attend WVU in Morgantown. Its resident population in 2014 was 31,073, according to the U.S. Census.
Morgantown was established along the Monongahela River below the mouth of Deckers Creek, on the banks of which Thomas Decker and his family were killed by natives in 1768. The first pottery west of the Appalachians was believed to have been started in Morgantown in about 1785. Morgantown was incorporated in 1785 as a Virginian town and reincorporated as a West Virginia city in 1901, at which time the adjacent communities of Seneca, Greenmont, and South Morgantown were annexed.
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