Talcott, West Virginia

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Talcott, West Virginia
Unincorporated community
Talcott, West Virginia is located in West Virginia
Talcott, West Virginia
Talcott, West Virginia
Talcott, West Virginia is located in the US
Talcott, West Virginia
Talcott, West Virginia
Coordinates: 37°39′05″N 80°45′15″W / 37.65139°N 80.75417°W / 37.65139; -80.75417Coordinates: 37°39′05″N 80°45′15″W / 37.65139°N 80.75417°W / 37.65139; -80.75417
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Summers
Elevation 1,526 ft (465 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code 24981
Area code(s) 304 & 681
GNIS feature ID 1547876[1]
Statue of John Henry outside the town of Talcott in Summers County, WV

Talcott (also Rolinsburgh or Rollinsburg) is an unincorporated community in Summers County, West Virginia, United States.

It lies along West Virginia Route 3 and the Greenbrier River to the east of the city of Hinton, the county seat of Summers County.[2] Its elevation is 1,526 feet (465 m), and it is located at about 37°39′2″N 80°45′4″W / 37.65056°N 80.75111°W / 37.65056; -80.75111 (37.6506762, -80.7511921).[3] Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 24981.[4]


Talcott is named for Capt. Talcott, a civil engineer with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway who was in charge of building the Big Bend Tunnel.[5][6]

John Henry legend[edit]

Talcott has gained some fame for being what many in the area consider to be the home of the John Henry legend. Henry was an African-American railroad worker in the 1800s who supposedly competed in a legendary race with a steam-powered drill bit, and won, dying in the process. Historian Louis Chappell traveled to Talcott in the 1920s and interviewed railroad workers who claimed to have worked with Henry when building the Great Bend tunnel on the C&O line through Talcott. The accounts of the surviving workers seemed to corroborate that Henry was, in fact, a real person, although the other aspects to the legend were impossible to confirm or deny based on the interviews conducted by Chappell[7]

The Hilldale-Talcott Ruritan Club raised a statue of Henry atop Big Bend mountain in 1972 to commemorate the legend. Talcott now hosts an annual John Henry Days festival each July that features re-tellings of the famous legend, duck races, craft booths, and other festivities.[8]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '04. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2004, p. 112.
  3. ^ Geographic Names Information System Feature Detail Report, Geographic Names Information System, 1980-06-27. Accessed 2008-01-18.
  4. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  5. ^ Miller, James Henry (1908). History of Summers County from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. J.H. Miller. p. 356.
  6. ^ 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. 619.
  7. ^ http://www.register-herald.com/local/x1617565480/Talcott-prepares-for-John-Henry-Days.
  8. ^ http://www.register-herald.com/local/x1617565480/Talcott-prepares-for-John-Henry-Days