From Mayor Michael Ihle
Ravenswood, a West Virginia municipality of 3,876, is a centrally located river city between the three major metropolitan areas of West Virginia: Charleston, Huntington, and Parkersburg. Jackson County’s largest community, Ravenswood is located two miles from the junction of Interstate 77 and US 33. Adjoining rail options make Ravenswood an optimum location for industry, and the nearby Jackson County Airport facilitates commerce.
Most noticeably, Ravenswood is located on the Ohio River just north of its geographically significant “Great Bend.” Riverfront Park is located on the southern reaches of town below Sand Creek. It offers a variety of recreational opportunities including boating, fishing, picnicking, and music.
Strategically placed on land owned by George Washington and laid out by his descendants, Ravenswood possesses rich history. Riverfront Park boasts the Washington Western Lands Museum chock full of local artifacts. The nearby Sayre Cabin is a log farmstead relocated to the Park that recreates the living conditions of Ravenswood’s founders.
In addition to Riverfront Park, the City offers recreational activities for the whole family such as outdoor basketball, baseball, bocce, and tennis. North Park’s swimming pool is Olympic size. It features an exhilarating combination of three water slides. The middle of town hosts both a community-built playground and state-of-the-art senior center, which is equipped with recreational amenities second to none in West Virginia.
This commitment to recreation is reflected in the wild success of Ravenswood’s sports teams. They have brought home nearly thirty state championships. Ravenswood High is the only school in West Virginia to have made the playoffs in each classification used (AAA, AA, A, and B).
Along the way, the football team has brought home four crowns. Basketball has earned two in the past seven years. Other winners include golf, track, and nine consecutive cross country championships. Heritage Christian Academy won a state soccer title, in the process becoming the first team to score on the state’s largest school in one hundred games.
Championships also extend to the classroom, as Ravenswood High has multiple academic state titles. FFA teams have earned multiple national titles. Not surprisingly, Ravenswood boasts award-winning public and critically acclaimed private schools.
Homes complete Ravenswood’s beautiful picture. Predominately single-family units, they range from historically significant Victorian homes from the founding era through the one-story ranch style homes popular during the town’s rapid expansion, to the two-story homes preferred today.
Other options range from affordable apartments within walking distance to the town center to large new homes with breathtaking views: both of the Ohio on Downalong Drive, and of town on Hillcrest Drive.
Above all, the biggest asset Ravenswood has is our people. To find out about that, come see for yourself. You will find the City of Ravenswood to be a good place to visit and an even better place to live!