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Mineral County at a glance:
  • Major Cities: Keyser, Short Gap
  • Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Larenim Park, Barnum Whitewater Area, Minco Park, Jennings Randolph Lake, Fort Ashby
  • Major Industry: Manufacturing, Retail, Tourism
  • Counties: Hampshire, Hardy, Grant

Mineral County

Mineral County real estate is nestled among the Allegheny Mountains in the Potomac Highlands region of West Virginia. Formed out of the western half of Hampshire County in 1866, it is a relatively young county with a modest population of roughly 30,000. Not surprisingly, the county was named for it mineral resources, which include coal, natural gas, and iron ore. Many people looking for homes in West Virginia choose Mineral County real estate.

Despite its youth, Mineral County’s history is as fertile as any in the region. One of Mineral County real estate’s most notable historic attractions is Fort Ashby, the only remaining fort of the many established by George Washington to protect the Virginia frontier. Today, it is owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution and used for a number of special events, including the annual “1775 Christmas” celebration. The birthplace of Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, is also located on Mineral County real estate, as are several churches dating back to the 1800s.

Like the rest of the Potomac Highlands, Mineral County real estate sits against natural beauty preserved in the form of parks and other recreational attractions. Larenim Park, which is owned by the Mineral County Commission, includes two pavilions, an amphitheater, an arboretum, and five miles of trails on its 365 acres. Barnum Whitewater Area, which is leased by the Mineral County Commission, covers only 40 acres, but is surrounded by an additional 1,200 acres of state lands. It also boasts one mile of riverfront along the North Branch of the Potomac River, which many believe is one of the best trout streams in West Virginia. And Jennings Randolph Lake, which spans the border between Mineral County and Garrett, MD, is considered a local treasure.

Created by the Army Corps of Engineers under the Flood Control Act of 1962, the lake’s thirteen miles of shoreline are perfect for swimming and fishing. Campers, meanwhile, can find respite at any one of the lake’s eighty-seven campsites, which provide potable water and hot showers. And from the West Virginia Overlook, visitors can take in a spectacular view of not only the lake but also of the area’s renowned Waffle Rock. As a result of this natural bounty, many outdoor enthusiasts, water lovers, and retirees are drawn to Mineral County real estate.

Keyser is the county seat of Mineral County. It was incorporated in 1874 and named after B&O Railroad vice president William Keyser, allegedly in the hopes that he would move railroad operations from Piedmont to Keyser. Potomac State College, a two-year school, is located in Keyser, as is the Potomac Valley Hospital. The city’s residents are served by the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, located in nearby Wiley Ford, WV.

Whether you’re looking for lake-side homes for sale or a mountain retreat, Mineral County real estate is sure to please. You can learn more about the Mineral County housing market, including timely statistics about active inventory and the median sales price of area homes, by visiting the Mineral County housing market report. You can also contact one of Long & Foster’s West Virginia real estate offices to find a homes for sale in the Allegheny Mountains.

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