Princeton Community Hospital
Blue Ridge Mountains
Bluefield, West Virginia
Wolf Creek, Rocky Gap, Virginia
Rocky Gap is a small, unincorporated community in Bland County, Va. with an estimated population of 75. The town has a United Methodist Church as well as a combined grill, snack bar, and grocery store. Rocky Gap is home to Bland County High School, with over 400 students while elementary students attend near by Bland County Elementary School in Bland, Virginia. The waters of Clear Fork, Laurel Fork, and Wolf Creek all converge in Rocky Gap, and the area is well known for its' large trout and is favored by many anglers.
Bluefield, West Virginia
Bluefield is a quaint community of 11,000 people about 8 miles from Rocky Gap. Built originally on the coal and railroad industries, it has faced economic challenges recently.
The community hosts an annual Oktoberfest in the fall and a 'Holiday of Lights' in December. Bluefield is home to the Blue Mountain Performing Arts Series and the Bluefield Area Arts Center which is located in Bluefield's Historic City Hall. The Bluefield Area Arts Center is an exquisite venue featuring a live theater (Summit Players) and an art gallery.
Bluefield is also home to Bluefield State College a highly affordable, yet selective, 4 year institution. A forty-acre city park in the community has six walking/biking trails, two softball diamonds, two little league baseball fields, three basketball courts, newly renovated tennis courts, an equestrian ring, sand volleyball court, and four picnic shelters perfect for family outings. There is also has a soccer complex with five state-of-the-art playing fields that has hosted over 40 NCAA Division 1 teams during their annual Mountain State Invitational Tournament. Bluefield has lots to offer the sports enthusiasts, and is just a short drive from some of the best white water rafting and skiing in West Virginia.
Blacksburg, about an hour away, is nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, and is home to about 42,600 local residents. Because of its award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant outdoor activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live and has earned a reputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, and forward-looking community. Vibrant and engaging, Blacksburg’s downtown offers unique stores, art galleries, and eclectic restaurants. The area’s wide red-brick sidewalks, Victorian street lamps, and park benches encourage foot traffic. In 2012, www.homes.com, ranked Blacksburg No. 1 on its “Top 10 Cities to Raise a Family” listing, citing the presence of Virginia Tech and numerous economic opportunities. In 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek named Blacksburg the best place in the United States to raise children. A high-tech, professional environment, Blacksburg is one of the most “wired” communities on the planet. In the National Citizens Survey, Blacksburg residents gave the highest ratings to their town’s appearance, openness, and acceptance, as well as its many cultural opportunities, safety, and low crime rate.
Six airports are available within a 3 ½ hour distance beginning with:
(1) Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport –(1 hour and 37 min).
(2) Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA (Bristol) – (1 hr. 47 minutes).
(3) Winston – Salem, NC-Smith Reynolds Regional Airport – (1 hour and 49 minutes)..
(4) Charlotte Douglass International Airport, NC- (2 hours and 43 minutes).
(5) Asheville Regional Airport, NC – (3 hours and 17 minutes)
(6) Charlottesville/Albemarle, VA (3 hours and 31 minutes.)
Hospitals and Health Care
Princeton Community Hospital, is only 14 miles away in Princeton WV. It is a 267-bed hospital with 160 doctors and specializes in Joint Replacement Technology, Family Friendly Women’s Center which includes a birthing Suite and other general medical concerns including an emergency room. There are nursing homes in the area; “Bland County Nursing and Rehab” in Bastian VA which has 57 beds. Also “Loving Hands Adult Care” – Assisted Living Facility in Bluefield WV and “Maples Assisted Living Facility” located in Bluefield West Virginia. It has 60 bed and 28 for assisted living.
Hospice: There are 4 hospice programs in the Virginia and West Virginia area: 1. Community Hospices of America in Bluefield WV, 2. MBR Cancer Center and Education in Bluefield WV, 3. Hospice of South West Virginia in Wytheville, and 4. Hospice of the Virginia Inc. in Princeton WV.
Dentist: “Affordable Dentures” in Rocky Gap, VA
Doctors: (Health Grades Website) There was a listing of 53 Family Medicine Specialists near Rocky Gap VA. Many of the doctors are in the Princeton and Bluefield, WV towns close to the hospital about 8 to 10 miles away.
Rocky Gap is blessed with a delightful, temperate climate that is neither too cold nor too hot. The chilliest month of the year is January with an average high of 41 degrees, and low of 20 degrees. July is the warmest month with an average high of 82 degrees and a low of 56 degrees.
The Garden Project anticipates that those who move to Rocky Gap will come primarily because they want to assist in the task of training spiritual messengers and teachers, and wish to reside in spiritual community. However, the list of needs and interests below may be helpful to some in considering whether they are good candidates for the community:
Those interested in intentional communities
Those who can work digitally – conference calls, emails etc.
Those who might be interested in home schooling or Christian Private Schools, or a simple parent -involved local community schooling.
Those who have a strong connection to music – particularly bluegrass, and/or those with a avid interest in outdoor pursuits i.e. hiking and fishing.
Those who are interested in gardens and organic farming and sustainable living
Early retirees who want a second home or a community for retirement.
Possible work available in the medical field in the Princeton and Bluefield, WV area.
“Artist in residence”, writers, etc. those who are looking for a short-term sabbatical.
People choosing to live in the country, seeking a simple lifestyle in the Mountains.