Masontown

History of Masontown

Masontown was incorporated in 1905 as a significant stop along the M&K Railroad for the transportation of people and goods into Preston County. Soon after, Masontown had a major attraction in the Oak Park amusement park. Opened in 1909, thousands of visitors would arrive via train on peak weekends to enjoy nearly 100 wooded acres, a 65-foot wooden slide, carousel, roller coaster, swimming and more. The automobile industry found a home in Masontown, with car frames delivered via rail to the town to be assembled at the old Street Motor Ford. 

Masontown Today: What Makes Us Unique

Today, Masontown is a fantastic place to call home, with friendly, honest citizens who bond together to help out their community. Masontown’s volunteer fire department houses Preston County’s only state-certified swift water rescue team, which serves the area’s water resources such as the Cheat River. Other notable features of this up-and-coming community include:

Masontown Park

The city park includes a pavilion, basketball courts and play equipment for family gatherings.

deckers creekDeckers Creek Rail-Trail

Masontown has a trailhead for Deckers Creek Rail-Trail, which runs 19 miles from Morgantown to Reedsville. Hikers, runners and bikers enjoy the gentle sloping trail, while experienced kayakers enjoy Deckers Creek and rock climbing is popular as well. Architecture enthusiasts will appreciate the old railroad shop that has been converted into restrooms at the trailhead. Trail personnel conduct fitness and yoga classes along the trail during warm weather.

ace hardwareStreet’s Store

Masontown’s authentic general store is the longest family-owned business in Preston County, getting its start at the turn of the nineteenth century. It was a feed store, lumber shop and Ford dealership in the early 1900’s. It has been an Ace Hardware for years and continues the tradition of being the place in town to find what you need!

christmas at the barnChristmas at the Barn

Each year, shoppers can embrace the beauty of a working farm whose outbuildings have been transformed into a Christmas shopping village. This is a unique holiday event featuring vintage Christmas, artisan paintings, stained glass, crocheted items, linens, folk art, barn finds, antiques, handcrafted furniture, flea market treasures, rescued furniture, primitives, white shabby, handmade jewelry, soap and candles, sweets, jams, handcrafted ink pens, tee shirts and a man cave.

Masontown

Population

Total Population

537

Population
Growth Rate

-0.15%

Median Age

45

Diversity Index

6.500

Housing & Income

Households

255

Total Housing Units

296


Owner Occupied

197

Renter Occupied

59

Vacant

41

Median Home Value

$132,143


Average Home Value

$162,372

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.00%


Per Capita Income

2.38%

Income Projection

Median Household

$39,767 $44,668


Average Household

$53,306 $59,951


Per Capita

$23,410 $26,330

Workforce

Total Businesses

18

Total Employed

100

Workers 16+

211

2021 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

38

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

4

Employed

35

2021 Building Matl/Garden Equip

N

Businesses

2

Employed

33

2021 Other Service excl Pub Admin

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

7

2021 Finance/Insurance Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

7

2021 Unclassified Establishments

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

6

Some
High School

40

Graduated
High School

142

Associates
Degree

36

Bachelor's
Degree

49

Graduate
Degree

29

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

41

Non-Resident Commuters

142

Drive Alone

192

Carpooled

13

Public

0

Work At Home

0


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