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Sutton, West Virginia

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The county seat of Braxton County, Sutton is named for its founder, John D. Sutton. The first settlers in the area were Jeremiah and Benjamin Carpenter, who had settled on Elk River in 1784. Soon after, Benjamin and wife were killed by Indians. During the Civil War, Sutton was burned in 1861 by Confederate troops. The town is situated near the geographic center of West Virginia.

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Sutton, WV

In about 1810, Sutton began developing as a trading center for the surrounding farmlands and was settled primarily by descendants of the original trans-Allegheny pioneers. One of the earliest villages in the region, it was first established in 1826 as Suttonville. Its name changed to Sutton in 1837. Before 1836, the town had about a dozen inhabitants and was most commonly known by its post office name, Newville. In 1849, the Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike was completed through the town. A large number of lumber mills, including the large operation of the Pardee-Curtin Lumber Company, were established near Sutton when the branch line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) was completed to Sutton in the 1890s.

Sutton is a popular center for fishing and hunting on nearby lakes and rivers. Interstate 77 (I-77) runs alongside the town just north of its junction with the US Route 19 expressway.


Elk River Wildlife Management Area

Burnsville Lake Wildlife Management Area

Sutton Downtown Historic District

Flatwoods Factory Outlet Stores


Braxton County Schools



Map of Sutton, WV showing streets and highways, and nearby airports, parks, hospitals, buildings, churches, cemeteries, trails and other points of interest; with links to driving directions.

Topo map of Sutton, WV, and vicinity

Census Data

Population: 1,011
(2000 Census)


Elevation: 980 feet
Longitude: -80.71
Latitude: 38.6644

Variant Name(s) for Sutton, WV

Braxton Court House, Fultonsville, Newville, Suttonsville, Suttonville