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Athens, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Athens ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Athens (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Athens. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Athens is located in Mercer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mercer County: Bland (VA), Giles (VA), Tazewell (VA), McDowell, Raleigh, Summers & Wyoming.

Below are the counties that are near Athens. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Athens:

Mercer     (The home county for Athens)
  Princeton   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Oakvale   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Edison   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pax   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Concho   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Vale   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ronceverte   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fairlea   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gary   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Welch   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Davy   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  War   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Helen   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Bud   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
Montgomery (VA)
  Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Merrimac (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Christiansburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Old Farm Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Raintree Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Riner (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pulaski (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mack Creek Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Radford City (VA)
  New Town (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Radford (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mill Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Radford Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wytheville (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Austinville (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ivanhoe (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Athens, see our County-by-County Page for Athens.

Cemeteries Near Athens ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Athens.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Athens covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Barberie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Blake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McCue Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hearn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Stinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hypes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cassidy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Walters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Elmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Parmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakvale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Hall - Gott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  SW Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  SW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bray Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cashes Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dunns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bratton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Honaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Meador Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Farley Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Robinett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hatcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hatcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lincoln Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Monte Vista Park   [Map]     
  SW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Atkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shumate Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tynes & Ferguson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shields Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hogan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Adair Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Athens ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Athens.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Athens, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Athens.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

While we didn't find Athens in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Athens.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Athens, with the one closest to Athens listed first.

Elgood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Athens
 - Elgood had a post office and no railroad service
Princeton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Athens
 - 1895 population of 320 people (with 5,822 people in 2017)
 - Princeton had a post office and no railroad service
Spanishburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Athens
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Spanishburg had a post office and no railroad service
Oakvale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Athens
 - Oakvale had railroad service and no post office
Ingleside   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Athens
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Ingleside had a post office and railroad service
East River - Historic   [Map]
 - While East River was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Athens
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - East River had a post office and railroad service
Dunns   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Athens
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Dunns had a post office and no railroad service
Willowton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Athens
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Willowton had a post office and no railroad service
Mercers Saltworks - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mercers Saltworks was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Athens
 - Mercers Saltworks had a post office and no railroad service
Pipestem   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Athens
 - Pipestem had a post office and no railroad service
Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Athens
 - 1895 population of 52 people (with 100 people in 2017)
 - Glen Lyn had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Athens. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Athens in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Athens:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the West Virginia State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of West Virginia to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Mercer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Montgomery County (VA):     Cyndi's



Pulaski County (VA):     Cyndi's



Radford City (VA):     Cyndi's


Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's



Wythe County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Mercer County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Mercer County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from West Virginia
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Athens. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Athens) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Athens. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Athens

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Athens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4231, Longitude: -81.0160     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Athens have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Athens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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