Acknowledgement: Kenneth D. SwopeA history of this kind could not be written without the help of many people. As various events and subjects are recounted I have tried to credit those who have furnished information, lent me books or documents, or written a chronicle of various kinds. However, there are several who must be thanked for special help. Joseph N. Alderson, my father-in-law, has lent me his fine collection of papers and valuable books. Mrs. Agnes Cooke has helped me by loan of records and has given me information about several subjects. Mrs. Ashworth of the West Virginia Department of Archives and History directed me to fine sources of information, made copies of records and looked up references. E. R. (Pike) Fletcher, Jr. has been of great help in records of war veterans, as has Walter B. Rogers, Jr. Miss Hallie Jones and Roy Coffmann of the Alderson schools also helped me. Rodgers McVey gave me a mass of information. The Reverend John Wagster, the Reverend Elwin Roberts and several other persons connected with the churches cooperated.Tracy Leach, Carl Bivens, J. Frank Nash, Charles D. Horn, Miss Gladys Bowman, J. Herbert Jones, Miss Crelia A. Jones, Richard . Weikel all gave help. Duncan Johnston gave a lot of information about the Post Office and newspapers. E. W. Cooper and staff of the Greenbrier County Board of Education assisted me. Cooper Dawson furnished Camp Greenbrier data. There are so many I cannot list them all. My wife, Frances Alderson Swope, who loves Alderson with all her heart, has edited, corrected and revised this history. She amassed much of the information at Kanawha County Public Library. She is the co-author of this history. Kenneth D. Swope, Lewisburg, West Virginia - July, 1964 ConclusionThe writer assures the reader this history contains errors. Those of commission have been made through ignorance or incorrect information. Errors of omission are for the same reasons, or lack of space or lack of time or materials for research. This history was written at the request of Greenbrier Historical Society. Of course, the writer received no financial remuneration. It has been an interesting and historically profitable experience delving into the past of his home town. Those who may feel persons or events should have had a place, or more space, please add your chronicle to this one. - Kenneth D. Swope
“But in my mind, she is restored, and I’m a child again,to walk the streets with no shoes on, and play all day with friends”. - Barry Worrell
This history is a compilation of several sources. The majority of the text is from the 1964 publication of “The Journal Of The Greenbrier Historical Society on Alderson, West Virginia", by Kenneth D. Swope, and is no longer in print. However, it is fortunate that permission to use it here has been granted by The Greenbrier Historical Society in Lewisburg, West Virginia. I wish to thank Jim Talbert and the G. H. S.for their permission to use the material. The complete text of the journal is intact, while pictures from Thomas Dixon, Margaret Hambrick, Barbara Hullings, Ward Parker, Tom Roush, Barry Worrell, U. S. Library of Congress, old postcards and miscellaneous sources, have been placed through out to add relevancy to this presentation. There is additional information that is italicized to distinguish it from the original text of Mr. Swope’s work. Also, I have also added a few pages of history not included in the Mr. Swope’s Journal. I do not feel this is a betrayal of the integrity of Mr. Swope’s work for he invites external involvement with additions to his history at the end of his acknowledgement below. This work covers the time span from 1671 to 1964, but since 1964, major changes have taken place in Alderson, as it has in many small towns all over the country. However, someone else will have to write that history. Alderson is not the same little town it was many years ago and certainly not the way I remembered it growing up, but it still has charm, evidence of restoration and renewal, and even a certain degree of celebrity that you will find as you read these pages. I hope you find value in this history and I dedicated it to all who love Alderson as I do.
The History of Alderson, West VirginiaFrom The Journal Of The Greenbrier Historical Society On Alderson, West VirginiaWritten by Kenneth D. Swope - Compiled and Transcribed by Barry Worrell