Sewell, West Virginia

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Sewell, West Virginia
Unincorporated community
Sewell is located in West Virginia
Sewell is located in the US
Coordinates: 37°59′50″N 81°01′15″W / 37.99722°N 81.02083°W / 37.99722; -81.02083Coordinates: 37°59′50″N 81°01′15″W / 37.99722°N 81.02083°W / 37.99722; -81.02083
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Fayette
Elevation 1,014 ft (309 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 304 & 681
GNIS feature ID 1555591[1]

Sewell is an unincorporated community in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. Sewell is located on the New River 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of Fayetteville. Sewell was the sight of a major coking operation with 193 beehive coke ovens operating in the late nineteenth century and early to mid twentieth century. The operation was serviced by the Mann's Creek Railroad between 1886 and 1955.[2]

The community was named after Stephen Sewell, a pioneer settler.[3]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Byer, Alan D. (2010), Looking for Ghosts in West Virginia: Mann's Creek Railway (PDF), Trains Magazine, Kalmbach Publishing Co., retrieved April 5, 2014 
  3. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 565.