Stella Nelson

1928 - Alderson High School - 1968



ALDERSON, WV “THE Gem of the Hills”

Joyce W. Housby - October 20, 2017

Alderson is a beautiful relatively quiet place to live.

Alderson is unique in that it rests in two counties: Monroe and Greenbrier and is bordered by Summers

The Greenbrier River flows through a valley with mountains all around. We have so much pride in our

Flowering baskets hang in the summer along Route 12 (Riverview Avenue) on the North side and also
Route 3 (Railroad Avenue) on the Monroe side.

Plans are being made for wild flowers to be planted along the banks of the river.

Flags are hung on the “Old Bridge” in May and July. We are very patriotic.

You need to come to visit our little town, home of many historical stores and sites.

The Riverview Motel has a spectacular flower garden surrounding it—breath-taking!! Beside the motel
is the Exxon station and car wash.

We have a really nice Wolf Creek Gallery of gifts, and the Artisans Store beside it. What a display of
quilts, pictures and other talented works. Both stores located on Riverview Avenue.

The Monroe side of town follows Route 3. We have a beautiful Gazebo built in memory of Tom E.
Housby who laid the concrete foundation before deceasing. It is located in Alumni Park.

Located on that side we have City Hall, a funeral home, doctors’ offices, Presidio Studios, Fritz’s
Pharmacy, Alderson Fire Department, Wolf Creek Gallery with their famous calendars.

Also, Bridge Walk Shops and the historic John Alderson Store with beautiful clothing and gifts.

The Senior Citizen Center is located on Route 3E as it goes out of town.

Coming down the hill from the New Bridge is True Value Hardware, Old Victorian B&B and the historic
Alderson train depot.

We have one beauty shop on the Monroe side and two beauty shops on the Greenbrier side. Also a
Barber shop located on Rt. 12 N on Greenbrier side. Also on Rt. 12N is Alderson Veterinary Hospital,
Subway, the Little General Station, Family Dollar Store, Dollar General Store and City National Bank.
We are so fortunate to have our Alderson Family Clinic with Dr. Marilyn Glaser.

The City Park where Little League, other leagues play is located at the top of North Monroe Street.

The famous Alderson Big Wheel Restaurant is on Rt. 12N and Rt. 3E as you come in from Summers

Our little city park (Mini Park) if located on Rt. 12 N and 63E where we have our Fourth of July Rubber
Ducky Races and canoe races. Located beside the Mini Park is the famous Camp Greenbrier for Boys.

We recently have a new funeral home as you head north on Rt. 12 and 63 E from Summers County.

On Virginia Street is the Alderson Public Library across from Alderson Elementary School. On up the
street is our former Alderson High School now known as the Alderson Community Center for the
Arts and Humanities.

Let’s not forget Tri-County Volunteer Fire Department on North Route 12 and a wonderful Thrift
Store operated by our Alderson Ministerial Association.

What a wonderful Fourth of July Celebration we have. Our recent 56th celebration was a great success.

Voted “Best July 4th Celebration”.

We are the home of many churches showing our love for God and the Trinity. Can you believe we have
3 churches with beautiful stained glass windows. The Old Greenbrier Baptist Church plays the chimes
for us every day. These 3 churches are historical and have pipe organs.

The “old bridge” is closed to vehicular traffic and is historic. It holds our flags and Christmas Lights.

I know I missed telling you about our star, historic lions, Farmers Market at the Visitor’s Center (former
Gulf station) and many other businesses

I love Alderson and all it STANDS for. Yes!! “The Gem of the Hills.”

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