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Montgomery & Smithers CMP

For his service in the Virginia Militia, Major Henry Montgomery received land grants on the Kanawha River where he operated a ferry port. Montgomery's Landing attracted river traffic that moved as far west as Cincinnati and New Orleans.

West Virginia University Institute of Technology
405 Fayette Pike; 304.442.3071/888.554.TECH
Offerings include education, engineering, and health professions. Art lovers can visit the Art Pierce Gallery in Conley Hall.

July 4th Celebration - ice cream social, band, fireworks
Oktoberfest - 2nd weekend in September - Live music, vendors, artisans, car show, sternwheeler rides.
Christmas parade - 1st Friday in December every year - Refreshments with Santa.

City of Montgomery: 304.442.-5181


The history of Smithers (pop. 900) is closely intertwined with that of the Midland trail. Around 1825, the James River and Kanawha Turnpike (now the Midland Trail) was completed through Smithers and as far west as Charleston.

Early settlers include James Smithers, for whom the town is named. His descendant Benjamin Smithers, born 1809, was brought into the slat and coal businesses through marriage, first to Julia Ruffner and later to Eliza Shrewsbury. Smithers owned 2,270 acres of coal-rich land around Smithers under the name of Peabody Coal Fields. Another early settler, Aaron Stockton, brother-in-law of William Tompkins, founded the Glen Ferris Inn.

Town of Smithers: 304.442.5282

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