Once the Wealthiest Town in America
In the late 1800s, Bramwell, West Virginia, became famous as home to the most millionaires per capita in the U.S., having as many as 17 living there at one time. They were the barons of the surrounding coalfields back in the era when the Norfolk & Western Railway ran 14 trains a day through the village and the Historic Bramwell Bank was among the richest per capita in the country.
While the Great Depression put an end to all the opulence, the millionaires’ mansions remain, and on December 9, you can visit many of them on the Bramwell Christmas Home Tour. From 5 to 8 p.m., a costumed interpreter will lead ticket holders through some of the town’s most historic and beautiful residences while relaying stories of this town made rich by coal. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of the event at the Bramwell Presbyterian Church. bramwellwv.com/townevents.html
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of AAA World.