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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.

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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 east contained birth and death records; the county to the north 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.

To see how the shape of West Virginia's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

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 County     (The home county of Athens)
    • Oak Grove [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Grove
      • Oak Grove [Mercer County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Grove
    • Elgood [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elgood
      • Elgood [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elgood
    • Oakvale [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakvale
      • Oakvale [Mercer County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 109 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakvale
    • Princeton [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Princeton
      • Princeton [Mercer County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,599 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Princeton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Princeton<3>
    • Johnston Town [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Johnston Town
      • Johnston Town [Mercer County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Johnston Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Johnston Town
    • El Centro [Mercer County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for El Centro
      • El Centro [Mercer County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for El Centro have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Edison [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edison
      • Edison [Mercer County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edison
    • Littlesburg [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littlesburg
      • Littlesburg [Mercer County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littlesburg
    • Matoaka [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Matoaka
      • Matoaka [Mercer County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 193 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Matoaka have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Matoaka
    • Montcalm [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montcalm
      • Montcalm [Mercer County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montcalm have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montcalm
    • Weyanoke [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weyanoke
      • Weyanoke [Mercer County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weyanoke
    • Flipping [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flipping
      • Flipping [Mercer County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flipping have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flipping
  • Fayette County
    • Prince [Fayette County]
    • Quinnimont [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quinnimont
      • Quinnimont [Fayette County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quinnimont
    • Meadow Bridge [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadow Bridge
      • Meadow Bridge [Fayette County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 344 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadow Bridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadow Bridge
    • Mount Hope [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Hope
      • Mount Hope [Fayette County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,259 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Hope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Hope<3>
    • Pax [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pax
      • Pax [Fayette County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 150 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pax have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pax
    • Thurmond [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thurmond
      • Thurmond [Fayette County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thurmond
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thurmond<3>
    • Oak Hill [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Hill
      • Oak Hill [Fayette County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,028 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Hill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oak Hill<3>
    • Clifftop [Fayette County]
  • Greenbrier County
    • Alderson [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alderson
      • Alderson [Greenbrier County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,111 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alderson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alderson<3>
    • Ronceverte [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ronceverte
      • Ronceverte [Greenbrier County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,649 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ronceverte
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ronceverte<3>
    • Fairlea [Greenbrier County]
    • Rainelle [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rainelle
      • Rainelle [Greenbrier County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,516 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rainelle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rainelle<3>
    • Crawley [Greenbrier County]
    • Lewisburg [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewisburg
      • Lewisburg [Greenbrier County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,766 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewisburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lewisburg<3>
  • Logan County
    • Rich Creek [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rich Creek
      • Rich Creek [Logan County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rich Creek
  • McDowell County
    • Elkhorn [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkhorn
      • Elkhorn [McDowell County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkhorn
    • Northfork [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Northfork
      • Northfork [McDowell County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 322 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Northfork have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Northfork
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Northfork<3>
    • Keystone [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keystone
      • Keystone [McDowell County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 213 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keystone have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keystone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Keystone<3>
    • Anawalt [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anawalt
      • Anawalt [McDowell County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 172 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Anawalt have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anawalt
    • Kimball [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kimball
      • Kimball [McDowell County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 147 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kimball have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kimball
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kimball<3>
    • Big Four [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Four
      • Big Four [McDowell County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Four
    • Thorpe [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thorpe
      • Thorpe [McDowell County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thorpe
    • Gary [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gary
      • Gary [McDowell County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 759 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gary have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gary
    • Welch [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Welch
      • Welch [McDowell County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,575 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Welch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Welch<3>
    • Davy [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Davy
      • Davy [McDowell County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 324 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Davy have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Davy
    • War [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for War
      • War [McDowell County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 659 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for War have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on War
  • Monroe County
    • Peterstown [Monroe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peterstown
      • Peterstown [Monroe County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 617 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peterstown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Peterstown<3>
    • Ballard [Monroe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ballard
      • Ballard [Monroe County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ballard
    • Union [Monroe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union
      • Union [Monroe County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 539 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union
  • Raleigh County
    • Shady Spring [Raleigh County]
    • Princewick [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Princewick
      • Princewick [Raleigh County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Princewick
    • Coal City [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coal City
      • Coal City [Raleigh County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coal City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coal City
    • Eastgulf [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eastgulf
      • Eastgulf [Raleigh County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eastgulf
    • Rhodell [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rhodell
      • Rhodell [Raleigh County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 159 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rhodell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rhodell
    • Helen [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Helen
      • Helen [Raleigh County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Helen
    • Daniels [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Daniels
      • Daniels [Raleigh County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Daniels have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Daniels
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Daniels<3>
    • Tilden [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tilden
      • Tilden [Raleigh County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tilden
    • Beaver [Raleigh County]
    • Sophia [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sophia
      • Sophia [Raleigh County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,219 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sophia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sophia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sophia<3>
    • Stotesbury [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stotesbury
      • Stotesbury [Raleigh County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stotesbury have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stotesbury
    • Clifftop [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clifftop
      • Clifftop [Raleigh County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clifftop
  • Summers County
    • Nimitz [Summers County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nimitz
      • Nimitz [Summers County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nimitz
    • Forest Hill [Summers County]
    • Jumping Branch [Summers County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jumping Branch
      • Jumping Branch [Summers County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jumping Branch
    • Bellepoint [Summers County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bellepoint
      • Bellepoint [Summers County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bellepoint
    • Hinton [Summers County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hinton
      • Hinton [Summers County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,321 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hinton<3>
    • Bargers Springs [Summers County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bargers Springs
      • Bargers Springs [Summers County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bargers Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bargers Springs
    • Sandstone [Summers County]
  • Wyoming County
    • Bud [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bud
      • Bud [Wyoming County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bud
    • Mullens [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mullens
      • Mullens [Wyoming County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,288 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mullens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mullens
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mullens<3>
    • Keyrock [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keyrock
      • Keyrock [Wyoming County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keyrock
    • Pineville [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pineville
      • Pineville [Wyoming County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 567 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pineville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pineville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pineville<3>
    • Oceana [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oceana
      • Oceana [Wyoming County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,195 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oceana
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oceana<3>
  • Bland County (VA)
    • Round Bottom [Bland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Round Bottom
      • Round Bottom [Bland County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Round Bottom
    • Rocky Gap [Bland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rocky Gap
      • Rocky Gap [Bland County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rocky Gap
    • Hicksville [Bland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hicksville
      • Hicksville [Bland County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hicksville
    • Bastian [Bland County]
  • Craig County (VA)
    • Captain [Craig County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Captain
      • Captain [Craig County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Captain have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Captain
  • Giles County (VA)
    • Glen Lyn [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen Lyn
      • Glen Lyn [Giles County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 97 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen Lyn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen Lyn
    • Rich Creek [Giles County]
    • Narrows [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Narrows
      • Narrows [Giles County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,949 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Narrows have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Narrows
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Narrows<3>
    • Bluff City [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluff City
      • Bluff City [Giles County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bluff City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bluff City
    • Pearisburg [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pearisburg
      • Pearisburg [Giles County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,620 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pearisburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pearisburg<3>
    • Poplar Hill [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poplar Hill
      • Poplar Hill [Giles County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poplar Hill
    • Pembroke [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pembroke
      • Pembroke [Giles County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,077 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pembroke
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pembroke<3>
    • Mountain Lake [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Lake
      • Mountain Lake [Giles County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Lake
    • Newport [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newport
      • Newport [Giles County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newport
  • Montgomery County (VA)
    • Blacksburg [Montgomery County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blacksburg
      • Blacksburg [Montgomery County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 44,074 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blacksburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blacksburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blacksburg<3>
    • Christiansburg [Montgomery County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Christiansburg
      • Christiansburg [Montgomery County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,399 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Christiansburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Christiansburg<3>
    • Riner [Montgomery County]
  • Pulaski County (VA)
    • Hilton Village [Pulaski County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hilton Village
      • Hilton Village [Pulaski County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hilton Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hilton Village
    • Parrott [Pulaski County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parrott
      • Parrott [Pulaski County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parrott
    • Dublin [Pulaski County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dublin
      • Dublin [Pulaski County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,578 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dublin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dublin<3>
    • Pulaski [Pulaski County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pulaski
      • Pulaski [Pulaski County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,657 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pulaski have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pulaski
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pulaski<3>
    • Fairlawn [Pulaski County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairlawn
      • Fairlawn [Pulaski County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairlawn
  • Radford City (VA)
    • Radford [Radford City]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Radford
      • Radford [Radford City] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 18,255 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Radford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Radford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Radford<3>
  • Tazewell County (VA)
    • Bluefield [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluefield
      • Bluefield [Tazewell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,814 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bluefield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bluefield<3>
    • Yards [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yards
      • Yards [Tazewell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yards
    • Falls Mills [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falls Mills
      • Falls Mills [Tazewell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falls Mills
    • Pocahontas [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pocahontas
      • Pocahontas [Tazewell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 348 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pocahontas
    • Saint Clair [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Clair
      • Saint Clair [Tazewell County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Clair have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Boissevain [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boissevain
      • Boissevain [Tazewell County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boissevain
    • Shawver Mill [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shawver Mill
      • Shawver Mill [Tazewell County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shawver Mill
    • Abbs Valley [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abbs Valley
      • Abbs Valley [Tazewell County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abbs Valley
    • Little Town [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little Town
      • Little Town [Tazewell County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Little Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Little Town
    • Tazewell [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tazewell
      • Tazewell [Tazewell County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,113 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tazewell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tazewell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tazewell<3>
  • Wythe County (VA)

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

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.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

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

  • 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.
    • Stories from Virginia
    • Stories from West Virginia

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 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.

  • Blake Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Blake Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Blake Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blake Cemetery
  • McCue Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the McCue Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the McCue Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on McCue Cemetery
  • Hearn Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hearn Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hearn Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hearn Cemetery
  • Barberie Cemetery
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    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Barberie Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barberie Cemetery
  • Stinson Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Stinson Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Stinson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stinson Cemetery
  • Hall Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hall Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hall Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hall Cemetery
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    • Miller Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Miller Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Miller Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Miller Cemetery
    • Crawford Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Crawford Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crawford Cemetery
    • Brown Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Brown Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brown Cemetery
    • Ross Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ross Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ross Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ross Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Athens.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ross Cemetery
    • Oakwood Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Oakwood Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Oakwood Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Oakwood Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakwood Cemetery
    • Resthaven Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Resthaven Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Resthaven Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Resthaven Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Resthaven Cemetery
    • Roach Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Roach Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Roach Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Roach Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roach Cemetery
    • Scott Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Scott Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Scott Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Scott Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scott Cemetery
    • Oney Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Oney Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Oney Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Oney Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oney Cemetery

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.<4>

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 [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elgood
    • Elgood [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Athens
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Elgood had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elgood
  • Spanishburg [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spanishburg
    • Spanishburg [Mercer County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Athens
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 17 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Spanishburg had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spanishburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spanishburg
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spanishburg<3>
  • Princeton [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Princeton
    • Princeton [Mercer County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 320 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,599 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Princeton had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Princeton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Princeton<3>
  • Oakvale [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakvale
    • Oakvale [Mercer County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 109 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Oakvale had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakvale
  • Ingleside [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ingleside
    • Ingleside [Mercer County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Athens
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 120 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ingleside had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ingleside have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ingleside
  • East River [Mercer County] - Historic
    • While East River was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East River
    • East River [Mercer County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Athens
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 14 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, East River had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East River have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Dunns [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dunns
      • Dunns [Mercer County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 27 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Dunns had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dunns have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dunns
    • Willowton [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willowton
      • Willowton [Mercer County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Athens
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 35 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Willowton had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willowton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Willowton
    • Mercers Saltworks [Summers County] - Historic
      • While Mercers Saltworks was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mercers Saltworks
      • Mercers Saltworks [Summers County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Athens
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Mercers Saltworks had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mercers Saltworks have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Pipestem [Summers County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pipestem
      • Pipestem [Summers County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Pipestem had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pipestem have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pipestem
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pipestem<3>
    • Glen Lyn [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen Lyn
      • Glen Lyn [Giles County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 52 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 97 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Glen Lyn had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen Lyn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen Lyn
    • Neponset [Summers County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Neponset
      • Neponset [Summers County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Neponset had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Neponset have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Neponset
    • Warford [Summers County] - Historic
      • While Warford was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Warford
      • Warford [Summers County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Athens
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Warford had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Warford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • New Hope [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Hope
      • New Hope [Mercer County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 10 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Hope
    • Lurich [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lurich
      • Lurich [Giles County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lurich had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lurich have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lurich

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Athens. See our List of 1890's Communities around Athens.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Athens ...

While our initial data about Athens came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Athens in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Athens.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Rand McNally Map of West Virginia (1911)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Shell Oil Road Map for West Virginia (1956)
Published by Shell Oil Company

We have found Athens in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Athens for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Athens. See our Misc Page for Athens for more information.

Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

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: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Athens) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), 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 AthensOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Athens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4247, Longitude: -81.0160    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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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