The first thing you must know about Alderson, WV, is that all lions must be on leashes. Really. The strange town ordinance has been a law since the 1890s, when an Alderson woman rescued a lion cub from a traveling circus and made him a regular part of community life in Alderson. The charming history of French, named after the circus from which he was saved (French & Company’s Great Railroad Show), is memorialized around town with various lion art sculptures.
Alderson, WV, is also the birthplace of one of the most legendary figures in 20th century American-cultural history: Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith, better known as “Bricktop.” Though she owes her nickname to Chicago, it was the people of Alderson who bestowed the beautiful, fiery red-headed little girl with so many given names.
Today, Alderson is a tight-knit community best known for hosting one of the oldest and most spectacular Fourth of July celebrations in the state of West Virginia. Alderson maintains an old world charm with its historic concrete arch bridge over the Greenbrier River, shopping district and old town stores complete with art galleries and community markets. If you’re crafty, you might even consider joining the Alderson Quilters and Crafters guild or one of the other community groups in town.
Alderson, WV Real Estate
Homes for sale in Alderson, WV, include water-front homes along the Greenbrier River. You will also find starter homes and homes with room to grow close to town. If you want a little more space, look a little farther from town for lovely properties with land and acreage enough for farming.
Local Attractions in Alderson, WV
You know you’ve made it to Alderson, WV, when you see the bridge. Built in 1913, the Alderson Memorial Pedestrian Bridge links Greenbrier and Monroe county. As it’s only open to foot-traffic, the rare concrete arch bridge is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the view of the Greenbrier River. Alderson is also home to the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist church in West Virginia with complete records since its organization circa 1781. In addition to such historic sites, Alderson has an active community of farmers and artists who bring this little river town to life.
|Sunset Berry Farm & Produce||Old Greenbrier Baptist Church|
|Alderson Memorial Pedestrian Bridge||Alderson's Store|
|Alderson Artisans Gallery||Alderson C&O Railroad Depot|
|Civil War Trails - Alderson's Ferry||Wolf Creek Gallery|
Community Events in Alderson, WV
While Alderson is always active with community events like farmers markets, strawberry festivals, fundraisers and little league, the biggest event by far is the Alderson Fourth of July celebration. For six days, the town of Alderson flies the nation’s colors and celebrates with gusto. Activities including live music, arts and crafts, parades, 5k races, a rubber ducky race, a fishing derby, and a Miss Fireworks scholarship pageant all precede the spectacular fireworks show that concludes the festival.
|Alderson 4th of July Celebration||Alderson Strawberry Festival|
|Alderson Farmers Market||Alderson Community Food Hub|
|Alderson Independence Day Car Show||Fort Spring Boat Launch|
Schools in Alderson, WV
Alderson families with children in grade levels pre-K through fifth grade will attend Alderson Elementary School.
Families with pre-schoolers or those in need of an after-school program might also consider Emma Alderson Christian Academy. Their pre-school program is designed for three and four-year-olds, and their after school program is intended for children in pre-K through fifth grade.
Learn more about Greenbrier County Schools.
Getting to Alderson, WV
Getting to Alderson is easy. Just hop on I-64 and take exit 161 for WV-12 toward Alta. Turn right onto WV-12 South / Alta Drive and continue for about 12 miles.