In the late 19th/early 20th century, the little town of Bramwell was a hub of wealth, with more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the country.
The Pocahontas coalfields were rich for mining, and 19 of the coal barons who owned businesses in the area settled right here on these little stone streets. They built lavish mansions with ballrooms and full-size homes as playhouses for their kids. The pharmacy, now a cafe with its original soda fountain, was one of the first stores to carry the upscale fragrance, Chanel No. 5.
You can still explore Millionaire Row, and during the annual Spring and Christmas Tour of Homes — held on the second Saturday of the month in June and December, respectively — you can even get a peek inside these historic homes. *** NOTE: The Spring Tour of Homes and the Christmas Tour of Homes for 2020 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.***
The Bramwell Depot is your gateway to this mining and millionaire town’s tales. Start your journey there, and stay overnight at one of the town’s charming bed and breakfasts or guest houses.
Learn more about Bramwell and plan your visit by requesting your own copy of the Visit Mercer County Visitors Guide.