Location within the state of West Virginia. Founder Charles H. Richardson in 1866, serving WV House of Delegates in 1885 and early postmaster. Village boomed around 1900 linked to oil and gas discovery. Not only had an illustrious water mill on the West Fork of the Little Kanawha, but a church, general stores, a hotel, a barbershop, a shoemaker, a blacksmith shop, a doctor's office, drug store, a lumber dealer, and numerous livestock producers. After the oil and gas boom came to the area in the early 1900s, drilling was followed by the construction of a large gas compressor station with company houses, a 20th century rejuvenation of the village.