The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Jumping Branch, West Virginia
Jumping Branch (map) is an unincorporated community in Summers County that takes its name from the Jumping Branch of the Little Bluestone River. The community sits near the center of a region of tableland farms approximately five miles west of Hinton, WV, and 20 miles southeast of Beckley, WV, on W.Va. Route 3. The scenic value of the Jumping Branch area has rendered it a desireable locale for second homes. White Oak Mountain rises just north of the community, and the village Nimitz, WV, is located one half mile to the south. The Jumping Branch has been dammed into a small fishing pond just upstream of the community.
Several historical store and commercial buildings from the early 1900s stand along the highway at Jumping Branch where the stream passes under the road. The community was an important location along the Giles, Fayette and Kanawha Turnpike of the antebellum period, and during the Civil War troops moved regularly along the route in their ascent and descent south of White Oak Mountain. General Floyd disbanded the militia captained by Alfred Beckley at Jumping Branch early in 1862. (See: Autobiography of Alfred Beckley).