Handley, located in Kanawha County, is a small community with a population of 350.

Of Interest

Today’s population is a third of the size it was in the early 1900s when steam locomotion was propelling the coal industry. Handley was an important engine servicing terminal for the C & O Railway. In 1890 the C & O Railway constructed a YMCA in Handley to support the influx of railway workers. By the 1950s, though, diesel-electric locomotion replaced steam, and local industry disappeared. The YMCA was eventually hazed in 2000. What remains of Handley is a quiet community with no crime.