Naming Lafayette Flats came easy to us, but we’ve struggled with naming the individual flats. Old mine town names felt too lonely; local celebrity names already garner plenty of attention, and names of natural elements don’t quite capture the spirit of the Gorge.
In an effort to respect the past while looking toward the future, we asked ourselves, “What makes the New River Gorge such a special place?” While the river and rocks are certainly defining characteristics, we feel that the Gorge is so much more. It’s about communities and connections; historical relevance and strength; the past and the possibilities; AND, of course, the unparalleled natural beauty of a landscape that is and always will be uniquely ours.
We feel that the following four names capture this sentiment:
Derived from Latin, this beautiful word means “five mountains.” What a powerful, fitting name to describe the Gorge and an appropriate label for one of WV’s earliest mining towns. The mountains protect and sustain us, creating a formidable front but exposing a hospitable heart.