A travel magazine, Budget Travel, has named Lewisburg in West Virginia the “Coolest” small town in America.
Among the 20 small towns across the U.S. that competed for the “Coolest” title, Lewisburg won by over 11,000 votes followed by Astoria, Oregon; Clayton, N.Y.; Eureka Springs, Ark.; and LaPointe, Wis., the magazine said.
With the new title, the town of Lewisburg is expected to see a surge in visitors and more business. While thanking Lewisburg supporters and all those who voted for the town, Mayor John Manchester said, the Coolest Town designation is a victory for the state.
The magazine will feature Lewisburg and Astoria along with other top contenders of the Coolest Small Town title in its September issue.
Lewisburg is a major attraction for its annual chocolate festival, and its own Carnegie Hall that is a treasure trove of art works. The little town is close to the mountains and beautiful landscapes, which helped it win the maximum votes.
Lewisburg also draws tourists for its Civil War connections and famous guided ghost tours in September and October in which guides in period costumes take tourists on a candlelight walking tour of the haunted areas of Lewisburg.