Eleanor, West Virginia

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Town hall at Eleanor, WV

Eleanor, West Virginia (WV), is an incorporated community on the Kanawha River in Putnam County named for Eleanor Roosevelt, who established the town as a New Deal Homestead Community. Its population in 2010 was 1,518.

Eleanor was formerly known as Red House Farms and was part of the adjacent community of Red House. Many residences date from the New Deal era in the 1930s and were built under Roosevelt's direction as part of the project and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The town is built on a master plan, and two semi-circular streets arc outward from the colonnaded Eleanor town hall.

Signs at the entrance to the town declared Eleanor the "cleanest town in West Virginia," and the town does indeed appear exceptionally well-tended.

Lodging near Eleanor,West Virginia

Parks & Public Recreation

Schoolhouse at Putnam County Fairground, Eleanor, West Virginia (WV)

The following parks and public recreation areas are located within 20 miles of Eleanor.


Eleanor is located approximately approximately one mile west of the county seat at Winfield, West Virginia, and eight miles south of Buffalo, West Virginia. The near reaches of the Amherst - Plymouth Wildlife Management Area approach Eleanor three miles to the east.

Map of Eleanor, West Virginia

Regional Information

Eleanor is located in the Metro Valley Region in western West Virginia.