Mount Hope Historic Walking Tour
The “Mount Hope Historic Walking Tour” was designed to highlight the architecture reminiscent of the coal fields from the early 1900s through the 1950s. It was the goal of the team to inject energy throughout the area by developing a progressive scheme of incorporating public art with historical awareness. Through a series of artist announcements and community meetings, the team hired several local artists to feature the distinct qualities of the area within their artwork. A large-scale mural featuring a Phoenix perched above the New River Gorge Bridge welcomes visitors to the past of the area while presenting opportunities for future exploration. Strolling through the Heart of Town visitors can view the commissioned artwork which was strategically installed to create a sense of place within the community. A detailed brochure of the walking tour was designed to direct the flow of guests throughout the historic district.