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Most People Have No Idea There’s An Underwater Ghost Town Hiding In West Virginia

Summersville Lake is a popular attraction in Nicholas County, West Virginia, but few people know that there was once a town where the water is now.

Occasionally Summersville Lake is drained for repairs, and you can still see parts of the roadway, foundations, and carvings in the rock from Gad’s former residents. Although those who lived there miss their old town, the dam has saved the area from an estimated $407,400,000 in flood damages.

Here’s a video with more pictures and history of Gad by YouTube user TheSCTVguy.

If you’d like to learn more about West Virginia’s forgotten history, take a look at this beautiful ghost town.

Rachel Whetstone
Rachel is proud to live in wild and wonderful West Virginia. She enjoys nature walks, photography, and discovering new restaurants all around the state.