The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Ronceverte, West Virginia
A community in Greenbrier County, Ronceverte, WV, was first laid out in 1871, by Cecil Clay but not incorporated until 1882. A.E. White served as the town's first mayor. By 1906, Ronceverte had a population of about 1,500 and was a important shipping point for railroad ties, lumber, and agricultural products.
The name of the town derived from the French for Greenbrier, i.e., "Ronce verte", meaning "brier green." The town sits on the north bank of the Greenbrier River on US Route 219 and is located on the mainline of the CSX railroad.
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Map of Ronceverte and Vicinity
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Topo map of Ronceverte, WV and vicinity
Elevation: 1668 feet
Development of Ronceverte, WV
Prior to the arrival of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) to Ronceverte in the 1870's the town consisted of only three houses. Ronceverte's growth was largely determined by its timber industries, its convenient access to good a good agriculture region, and its location at the junction of the C&O's mainline with its branch line, the Greenbrier Division.