Welcome to  Sophia West Virginia

welcome to sophia west viginiaThe gateway to the Winding Gulf Coal Fields, Sophia is a town in Raleigh County, West Virginia with a population of 1344 at the 2010 census. At one time it was a thriving town that serviced many of the coal camp communities, even though the hayday of the camps are not as big as they once were, Sophia still maintains her small town charm.

Sophia was the home town of the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd.  Byrd served as a U.S. Representative from 1953 until 1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010. He was the longest-serving U.S. Senator and at the time of his death, the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress.

The Winding Gulf Coal Fields refers to a continuous region of western Raleigh and eastern Wyoming counties.  It is named after the Winding Gulf Creek, a tributary of the Guyanedotte River.  The Winding Gulf, including the rest of West Virginia, was the historical hunting ground for the Shawnee, Cherokee, Delaware, Seneca, Wyandot, Ottawa, Tuscarora, Susquehannock, Huron, Sioux, Mingo, Iroquois,  and other Native American tribes.  The Native American tribes and early European settlers of the Virginia Colony were aware of the “rock that burns” located all over this region.  Only after advances in transportation (rail) and industrial techniques was the commercial value for coal realized; this region being an especially rich resource.

Over fifty little communities, or coal camps, sprung up in the Winding Gulf during the hayday of extracting this “burning rock”; a few are still in existence.  Today, residents and visitors to the Winding Gulf Coal Fields enjoy its beautiful scenery, recreation trails, rivers and little known spots of interest for which only a handful of people still recall its history and mystery!

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Sophia Spring Clean Up 2016

April 12, 2016

THE TOWN OF SOPHIA 2016 SPRING CLEANUP SCHEDULE   Sophia has released its 2016 Spring Cleanup Schedule. The Public...

Sophia Proposed Vacant Building Ordinance

January 25, 2016

Proposed Vacant Building Ordinance 1718.03 DEFINITIONS. (a)  For purposes of this article, “vacant building” means a building or other...

Town of Sophia Conducting Community Survey for Comprehensive Plan

October 21, 2015

The Town of Sophia is currently in the process of developing a comprehensive plan.  The purpose of a comprehensive...