BRAMWELL -- An old high school will soon become a refuge for ATV riders and their families.
Hoping to address one of the greatest needs facing the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system, plans are now under way to convert the old Bramwell High School into a new ATV resort and lodge. The old school was officially purchased by a group of ATV riders in mid-March.
"I'm a part of a group of guys -- 10 of us who come down and ride the trail system each year,'' said Eric Dunham, of the Hedgesville community in the state's Eastern Panhandle. "We had the brainstorm to buy [a structure]. We came down to look at some houses and ran across the building.''
Dunham said the old school is now being called the Bramwell High School ATV Lodge.
"We think our first phase will be concentrated around the high school part and getting some rooms up and ready to go,'' Dunham said. "It's just going to have to be done in steps. As I get one room open I'm going to start filling that room.''
Dunham said extensive renovations will be needed to the old high school. But he hopes to have rooms ready for occupancy as quickly as possible.
"I would like to have it ready tomorrow, but today is my first day in town,'' Dunham said recently. "I just don't know the extent until I get an electrician up to get the power back on. I would like to think I can have something up and going in two months.''