Athens, West Virginia

Athens, West Virginia (WV), an community in Mercer County, was incorporated in 1906 and named for Athens, Greece, an ancient center for education. It is the home of Concord University. First known as Concord Church, its  name was changed in in 1896 to eliminate confusion with a post office in the eastern panhandle named “Concord.” During the Civil War, the seat of Mercer County was moved here after courthouse nearby at Princeton was burned.

Lodging near Athens, West Virginia

Parks & Public Recreation Areas

The follow parks and public recreation areas are located within a drive of 20 miles of the community.


The town is approximately 10 miles northeast of the I-77 expressway at Princeton, West Virginia, and 20 miles south of Hinton, West Virginia.

Map of Athens, West Virginia

Center map

Regional Information

Athens is located in the Bluestone Region in southern West Virginia.

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