The long crest of Rich Mountain is fairly even and offered opportunities for small farms. With the mountain providing uncommonly rich soil and springs, several prosperous farms developed. Rich Mountain’s few residents presided from 1860 to 1949. Many secured land patents from the U.S. government under the Homestead Act of 1862. Traces of these homesteads still remain visible. If stumbling upon these artifacts, please do not disturb them and help preserve part of our country’s heritage.