Sutton (West Virginia)

Sutton is a town of 1,011 people (as of 2000) in West Virginia. It's located in Braxton County, which is known as "the Geographic Center of West Virginia". Sutton was first settled in 1792, and incorporated in 1860, having been named in honor of one of the early settlers. The area is noteworthy for its Civil War heritage, as well as the Braxton County Monster (aka the Phantom of Flatwoods), a green space alien with fiery red eyes and a pungent odor that reportedly frightened a group of local residents in September 1952 and remains one of the most famous creatures in UFO lore.

Get in

By car

Sutton is on I-79 and US-19, south of Clarksburg and Weston, just north of the spot where I-79 splits west toward Charleston while US-19 heads south to Summersville.

By train

The Elk River Railroad runs between Gilmer and Hartland, stopping in Gassaway, Shadyside and Frametown on the way.

By plane

The nearest major airports are in Clarksburg and Charleston, but the Braxton County Airport (Airport Road, +1 304-765-9031) is also capable of handling light twin-engine aircraft on its 4,000-foot runway.

Get around




Braxton Citizens' News, 304-765-5193, .

Braxton Democrat Central, 304-765-5555, Serving Braxton County, West Virginia since 1883.


  • Poplar Forest, 82 Skidmore Lane, +1 304-765-3995, . One of West Virginia's finest and most diverse cooperatives, representing over 200 juried artists and craftsmen of Central Appalachia: glass, quilts, pottery, furniture, books, West Virginia food and wine, baskets, bowls, hand forged ironware, dulcimers, mountain music, toys, dolls and more.
  • Lost Road Candles, 252 Skidmore Lane, +1 304-765-4044 or +1-877-273-2888, . Embellished, heavily-scented candles in coffee, pie and fruit scents, flower and herb scents, and holiday or special occasion varieties.
  • Nanny's Primitives, 89 Skidmore Lane, +1 304-765-3636, . Handmade primitive furniture, primitive candles, accents, decor, primitive tea-dyed quilts, wall hangings, stoneware, handmade rugs, lighting and more. You can also buy a statuette of the Braxton County Monster.
  • Everything Fiesta, 52 Skidmore Lane, +1 304-765-5383, . 1st and 2nd quality Fiesta, decorated Fiesta items, and accessories such as Fiesta linens, glasses, flatware, and much more.



Go next

Routes through Sutton

Morgantown Weston  N  S  Charleston Merges into

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