The first Mother's Day was celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908. Anna Jarvis, a resident of Grafton, held a memorial for her mother, who had died two years earlier, and campaigned for a national holiday in honor of all mothers. Mother's Day became a national holiday in 1914.

Summers County, located in the southeastern part of West Virginia, has a rich and varied history that stretches back to the pre-Columbian era. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Shawnee and Cherokee, who relied on the fertile land and abundant resources for their livelihoods. However, the arrival of European settlers in the 18th century brought significant changes to the region.

In the late 18th century, the first permanent European settlement was established in what is now Summers County. The area saw rapid growth in the following years, with the development of industries such as agriculture, timber, and mining. The discovery of coal in the late 19th century further fueled economic growth in the county.

During the American Civil War, Summers County played a significant role. The county remained politically divided, with residents supporting both the Union and Confederacy. In 1861, the Battle of Carnifex Ferry took place near Summersville, resulting in a Union victory and securing control of the county. The region also became a refuge for escaped slaves seeking freedom and actively participated in the Underground Railroad network.

In the 20th century, Summers County experienced both prosperity and challenges. The construction of the Bluestone Dam in the 1940s brought economic benefits, including an increase in tourism and recreation opportunities. However, the decline of the coal industry and the depopulation of rural areas posed significant challenges to the county's economy. Today, Summers County continues to preserve its historical heritage while embracing opportunities for growth and development.

  • 1831 - Summers County is established from parts of Greenbrier, Fayette, Kanawha, and Monroe counties.
  • 1833 - Talcott, the county seat, is established.
  • 1847 - The first courthouse in Talcott is built.
  • 1863 - During the Civil War, Summers County remains loyal to the Union.
  • 1875 - Hinton, the current county seat, is established and becomes a major railroad center.
  • 1879 - The historic Hinton Historic District is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 1891 - The C&O Railway completes construction of a bridge across the New River in Hinton.
  • 1978 - The John Henry Historic Park is established to commemorate the legend of John Henry.
  • 1983 - Bluestone Lake, the third-largest lake in West Virginia, is completed.
  • 2005 - Camp Creek State Park is established, offering recreational activities and camping opportunities.