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“The highway winds down through fields in which appear outcroppings of blue limestone. In spring, the misty green pastures are thickly sprinkled with gleaming yellow buttercups.” – West Virginia Writers’ Project, 1941
Buttercups and buttered-bread mark the town of Frankford. Founded in 1769, was was once a trading center; now it is well known for a bakery, offering salt rising bread, cornbread, pepperoni rolls, subs and pizza.
Mother Baked Bread: Layuna Rapp and Lowell Lewis remembering homemade breads of this valley.
Salt Rising Bread: Lowell Lewis, who owned a bakery in Frankford until 2013, remembering his mother’s salt-rising bread. Lowell has since closed his bakery due to health issues. The bakery in Frankford is now called Over the Top Bakery, and is owned by Gloria Jones, of Clintonville, and Shannon Kirk, who is from Frankford. The bakery still gets its cornmeal from Reed’s Mill, in Monroe County, and offers sourdough bread, pizza and cinnamon rolls and sub sandwiches. However, they do not serve salt-rising bread. 304-497-9949.
Frankford was named for an early settler Frank Ludington. Visitors will find evidence of the past throughout the town in historic buildings that still stand along the . Listed below are historic buildings that still stand today along US 219 or just blocks from the highway. Go ahead, stop and have a look…
- The Post office, formerly “The Mill Building”, located along US 219.
- The McCraw Funeral Home, formerly “The CJ Store”, located along US 219.
- The Old Telephone Operator Building, still stands on Williamsburg Road
- King Curl Hair Salon, where The Frankford Store Co. once stood, located behind the Telephone Operator Building.
And is also a close drive to:
- 10 m. Historic Lewisburg, full of unique shops and dining, including Bella, The Corner Gourmet Store
- 18.5 m. White Sulphur Springs and The Greenbrier Resort
- 10.4 m. Carnegie Hall
- 10.3 m. Lost World Caverns
For information on traveling to Greenbrier County, contact the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 1-800-833-2068.