Farmington, WV

Named after the large number of settlers who were farmers, Farmington is the hometown of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and Pro Football Hall of Famers Frank Gatski and Sam Huff. Another notable Farmington resident was Waitman T. Willey, a Virginia lawyer, and politician who was one of the founders of West Virginia and served as one of the state’s first two senators. Willey was born at Buffalo Creek, near present-day Farmington. Farmington was incorporated in 1896 and was formerly known as Willeyville, Willeytown, and Underwood. 

The mining industry was active here well into the 20th century, and the town is sadly known for the 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster, which resulted in the death of 78 miners. The disaster led to the passage of the Federal Coal Mine Health & Safety Act of 1969. The memorial to this disaster is located on Flat Run Road in Mannington. 

Today, special attractions include the Ray Kelly Athletic Field and Farmington Community Building, The Baker’s Nook, Hometown Hotdog of Farmington, Alasky’s, and Subway.