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History of Hopemont

Hopemont is located on approximately 700 acre tract of land along State Route #7 at Hopemont, near Terra Alta, in Preston County. Hopemont, however, was not always its present size it varied in its history. In 1911, the State Legislature passed an act to establish a tuberculosis sanatorium due to the repeated efforts of Anti-Tuberculosis League of West Virginia. The farm was the owned by W.T.White of Terra Alta and on November 11, 1911, he conveyed it to the state of West Virginia.






  • In 1913, three cottages were constructed housing 60 patients and additions were gradually made until  the hospital had a rated capacity at one time of  475 patients.  The addition of a post office in 1921 necessitated the change of the name from State Tuberculosis Sanitorium at Terra Alta to the Hopemont Sanitarium.

  • In 1929, Conley unit was dedicated as a children's unit.  Admission was restricted to children 16 years and under.  It is the purpose of the institution to keep the children from contact with other older patients in every way possible.  To the end, they are provided with a separate section of the dining hall, examining rooms, treatment rooms, library, school-rooms, playground and recreation rooms. 

  • Children's UnitIn 1965, Legislation was entered to change the name to Hopemont Hospital and designated the hospital as long-term care facility for the chronically ill.

  • In 1988, Hopemont became licensed and certified to accept Medicaid and accepted residents as long term care facility.  98 beds were certified and another 25 uncertified beds on Gore 3 served indigent and personal care residents.

  • In 1995, the 35 bed uncertified personal care area of Hopemont was closed.  The remaining 98 certified beds remain filled for persons needing long term care, many of whom have a history of behavioral disorders.

  • In 1996, Hopemont became home to Geri-Olympics North. It is held first Thursday in August.  Geri Olympics is a competitive athletic event for Nursing Home residents from across the state of West Virginia.  The resident athletes compete in events such as Wheelchair Course, Bowling, Bean Bag Toss, Horseshoes, Sticky Ball Toss, and Basketball. At one point a resident who was 105 years old participated in races proving that competition and fun are indeed ageless.


The picture below is how Hopemont looked in 1930's.

View of Hopemont in the 30's

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