Introduction to St. Albans, West Virginia
St. Albans, West Virginia, in Kanawha county, is 11 miles W of Charleston, West Virginia and 125 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. The city is considered part of the Charleston metropolitan area. St. Albans has a population of 11,567.
St. Albans History
St. Albans was first laid out in 1816. It was originally known as Philippi, named after Philip Thompson, an early settler in the area. The name of the area was later changed to Coalsmouth, because of its location at the mouth of the Coal River. It was officially incorporated as Kanawha City in 1868. The community received its present name in 1871.
St. Albans and nearby Attractions
- Museum in the Community
- Hawks Nest State Park
- Cultural Center
- Chief Logan State Park
- Beech Fork State Park
- Avampato Discovery Museum
Things To Do In St. Albans
Shopping centers in the area include the Central Square Shopping Center, Saint Albans Plaza Shopping Center, Gateway Shopping Center and the Saint Albans Mall Shopping Center. Local churches include Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Saint Peters United Methodist Church and Saint Albans Church of the Nazarene. The city hosts the Riverfest every July and the Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival every October.
St. Albans Transportation
Yeager Airport is nearby.
St. Albans Higher Education
West Virginia State College, Concord College and Ohio University are the local institutions of higher education.