Historic Town Of Bramwell, West Virginia


Town History Overview:

Settled in the 1800s, the town of Bramwell, West Virginia is located eight miles north of Bluefield,West Virginia, adjacent to Route 52. Bramwell is seated 2300 feet above sea level in Mercer County, West Virginia. The Bluestone River surrounds the town in a horseshoe bend fashion and it was first known as Horse Shoe Bend in the early 1800s. The Town's namesake, J.H. Bramwell who arrived in Bramwell in 1883 was a New York civil engineer. As first postmaster of a post office that needed a legal label, he said, "Every little baby has a name, and this little town must have the same. I therefore name it Bramwell." Joseph H. became first president of the famed Bank of Bramwell, and a big-time real estate investor. After getting rich on real estate sales in Bramwell he left the town for Switzerland where he died in the 1890s. The town of Bramwell was incorporated in 1888 under a special charter granted by the Circuit Court of Mercer County with John D. Hewitt, Senior named as the first mayor.



Town of Bramwell, WV Year 2019 Town Council Election Results:
By : CHARLES BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph Jun 12, 2019 BRAMWELL —

Bramwell Mayor Lou Stoker retained her position, and two newcomers will serve on town council. Municipal elections were held Tuesday in the town. Stoker, who has been mayor for 12 years, was challenged by Michelle Cook. Stoker received 78 votes to Cook’s 35. Town Council had five seats up for grabs with eight contenders. Incumbents Kelly Murphy Eller, Kelly Goins and Rufus Morgan were reelected. Eller garnered 79 votes, Goins received 73 and Morgan 50. The two newcomers on council will be Susan Lance Troutner, who received 59 votes, and John Petrulis, with 47 votes. Incumbent Mandy Fink did not retain her seat, getting 44 votes. The other contenders were Michelle Bourdua, who garnered 35 votes, and Cherish Weeks, who received 22 votes. One seat that had to be filled was vacant after a resignation. Town recorder Lara Sitler ran unopposed for that office and she had 82 votes.


Author/Editor: William A. Petty

You are invited to visit the town of Bramwell, WV and rekindle great memories of this nationally recognized historic town. Bramwell was named to the register of historic places in 1983. This Historic Bramwell Site has been in developemnt for over 22 years as of Dec. 2021.