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Ansted, originally settled by squatters, was first incorporated on the 16th day of September in 1891. It was named after David Thomas Ansted, a famous English geologist and author, who came to the area and realized the wealth to be found in these hills from the abundance of hardwood timber and rich seams of coal.
Ansted is located midway between Charleston and Lewisburg, and in its hay-day it was known as the “stopping-over” place for the stage coaches as it was a two day journey from one city to the next. U.S. Rt. 60, also known as Midland Trail, runs through the heart of Ansted and was very important in the early years of the town as this was the only road that ran between East and West.
Ansted has an approximate population of 1,404 making it a class IV municipality. Municipal elections are held every 4 years on the first Tuesday in June with elected officials taking office on July 1st. Current officials took office July 1, 2021.
Ansted is located at Mile Marker 104 of the famous Midland Trail. A town filled
with caring citizens, Ansted has become known for it's innovative approach to
growth while maintaining its small-town appeal.