2014: The Golden Rule played a significant role in the commercial development of Belington. For nearly 100 years, the building housed a family-owned business, Valley Grocery Company, a wholesale operation that evolved into the Golden Rule Company, which was more retail based. Currently, it is owned by a private owner and used for storage. The building has been subject to deferred maintenance, vandalism, pests, and invasive vegetation. Its Italianate architectural style is a rarity that remains intact from the town’s commercial boom in the first half of the twentieth century. It is additionally unique because it features a water-powered elevator. The Belington Revitalization Committee (BRC) is dedicated to its preservation and believes its re-use will spark much-needed economic development in the area. The group’s goals include acquisition and development of a rehabilitation plan with the BRC and the Woodlands Development Group to jointly maintain the property.
Endangered Properties List
If you are interested in assisting with any of these preservation projects, contact the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia at email@example.com.