Alderson, West Virginia

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Alderson, WV (West Virginia), a community on the Greenbrier River in Greenbrier and Monroe counties, was settled in 1777 by John Alderson, a frontier missionary for whom the town was named. Here he founded a Baptist seminary that was later moved north to become Alderson-Broaddus College at . The Federal Reformatory for Women, the first federal prison for women, was established here in 1927. The town is renown for its annual Independence Day festival.

Lodging near Alderson, West Virginia

Parks & Public Recreation

The Alderson Bridge over the Greenbrier River is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The following public recreation areas are located within a drive of approximately 20 miles of the community.

Meadow River Wildlife Management Area
Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management Area

Photos of Alderson & Vicinity


The community is located approximately 15 miles southwest of the Greenbrier County seat at , and 20 miles northwest of the Monroe County seat at .

Map of Alderson, West Virginia

Regional Information

Alderson is located in the Greenbrier Valley Region of southern West Virginia.