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Romney in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Old Literary Hall

 
 
Old Literary Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 28, 2020
1. Old Literary Hall Marker
Inscription.  Literary Society of Romney organized in 1819, oldest in the state and one of the first in America. A splendid Public Library was accumulated which by 1850 was the largest in West Virginia. Destroyed during the War Between the States in 1862. Cornerstone of original building dated 1825. Restored by Attorney Ralph W. Haines for law offices and historic museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducationWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1819.
 
Location. 39° 20.499′ N, 78° 45.384′ W. Marker is in Romney, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street (West Virginia Route 28) and Main Street (U.S. 50) on High Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Romney WV 26757, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hampshire County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Romney / Early Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Romney in 1861–1865 / “Stonewall” Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); Hampshire County World War I Memorial
Old Literary Hall image. Click for full size.
By Phyllis Prats, June 11, 2006
2. Old Literary Hall
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Gilbert Proctor Miller (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Romney.
 
Regarding Old Literary Hall. Liteary Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Old Literary Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Phyllis Prats
3. Old Literary Hall Marker
Upturned Plinth Monument image. Click for full size.
By Phyllis Prats, June 11, 2006
4. Upturned Plinth Monument
It reads Romney Literary Society. Founded 1819. Restored by Ralph W. Haines
Upturned Plinth Monument image. Click for full size.
By Phyllis Prats, June 11, 2006
5. Upturned Plinth Monument
National Register of Historic Places plaque on the building image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 28, 2020
6. National Register of Historic Places plaque on the building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2006, by Phyllis Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,141 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 27, 2006, by Phyllis Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   6. submitted on May 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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