About Trek Vienna

About The Project

Welcome to Trek Vienna

Significant Dates in Vienna’s History

The Trek Vienna project was started as a way for citizens to engage in the community through exploring the city’s nature and recreation opportunities, as well as its rich history. These are some significant events in the City of Vienna’s history.

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Dr. John Briscoe and his sons establish a settlement in the area. A permanent settlement did not last due to conflicts with Native Americans. Briscoe sells his settlement rights to William Smith.

Dr. Joseph Spencer Jr. secures several tracts of land and moves with his family and several others to permanently settles in the area.

On December 1, 1795, the Virginia General Assembly incorporates 100 acres of Dr. Joseph Spencer Jr.’s farm into the town of Vienna. In 1799, he sells a portion of his land, and the town’s area is amended to 60 acres in 1799. Vienna becomes the first town in Wood County to become incorporated.

Vienna is incorporated into a city. Charles R. Blair is elected as Vienna’s first mayor. Two years later, the city holds a special election to raise money for the first city hall building.

A Message from City of Vienna Mayor

Randall C. Rapp

    The Trek Vienna project is a very exciting addition to the City of Vienna. It provides both exercise and education about the history and culture of Vienna. The various walking trails will show many landmarks in the city. You can take a long walk or a short walk, but you will learn something about Vienna. Trek Vienna provides a snapshot of Vienna using modern technology. As you walk the various trails, you will be able to use your smartphone to gather information from the points of interest. It could be a significant building or a description of a particular tree of interest.

    The City of Vienna is grateful to Jack Mathers and the Tree & Beautification Commission for undertaking the Trek Vienna project. The city is thankful to Vienna Baptist Church for seeing the value in this project and donating the land to be the homebase for the Trek to begin.


    A Message from Vienna Baptist Church Pastor

    Rev. Dr. Bill Brown

    On behalf of the Congregation of Vienna Baptist Church, I want to let you know how honored Vienna Baptist Church is to be able to provide the ground space for the TREK facility location. The small facility has been designed to tell the history of the Vienna community not only now but for years to come. Many of our members live in Vienna and our church has been part of the life of this city for nearly 100 years. We look forward to being able to continue our close working relationship with Vienna, our home community, for years to come.


Project Donors

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West Virginia
Division of Forestry


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Baptist Church


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Roger Conley

West Virginia Legislature

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Bernard McDonough
Foundation, Inc.


Special Thanks

City of Vienna
Dwight Norman
Friends of Vienna
Moody Surveying
Mountaineer Power and Fiber Optics
Ray Swick
Cynthia Buskirk
Scots Landscaping
Steve Foutty Construction
Trek Vienna Committee
Ullman Design
Vienna City Council
Vienna Historical Committee
Vienna Tree and Beautification Commission
Wood County Historical and Preservation Society


Acme Newspictures
Campus Martius Museum
Cornell University Library
East Haddam Historical Society Museum
National Park Service
Ohio History Connection
Old Salem Museum & Gardens
Gustav Library
Library of Congress
Jerry Anderson
Mackeys Clock Repair
Marietta College Legacy Library
Smithsonian Institute
University of Michigan Clements Library
West Virginia & Regional History Center


About Friends of Vienna

Friends of Vienna is a non-profit group, formed to support the efforts of the Tree and Beautification Commission in mission and fund raising endeavors. Through projects and events, we will help the residents of Vienna develop and care for their community. Our mission is to not only preserve the spirit of our city but enhance its beauty and uniqueness. Become a member of Friends of Vienna and help us to make Vienna a beautiful place to live, work and visit.

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Welcome to Trek Vienna

Our city has much to offer in terms of natural beauty and points of interest. We hope you enjoy exploring, discovering and learning about Vienna’s past and present to share with future generations.

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  • 3601 Grand Central Avenue, Vienna, West Virginia 26105
  • (304) 295-4541
  • Open 7 Days a Week,
    Dawn until Dusk