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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Romney, West Virginia

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Romney is the county seat for Hampshire County
Romney is in Hampshire County
      Hampshire County (76)  
      Grant County (32)  
      Hardy County (43)  
      Mineral County (65)  
      Morgan County (109)  
      Allegany County, Maryland (292)  
      Frederick County, Virginia (209)  
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1West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Captain George W. Stump"Stump's Battery"
This is Hickory Grove, the home of Adam and Mary Stump and their son Capt. George W. Stump, who led a company of the 18th Virginia Cavalry during the war. Capt. Stump was always heavily armed with a carbine and numerous revolvers; his men called . . . Map (db m174941) HM
2West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Confederate Memorial
The Daughters of Old Hampshire, erect this tribute of affection to her heroic sons, who fell in defence of Southern Rights. Captains G.F. Sheetz. • A. Smith. • G.W. Stump. • I.M. Lovett. Privates J.D. Adams. • I.P. Armstrong . . . Map (db m159296) WM
3West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Easton Family Homesite(1927-1996)
This homesite served as residence and office for beloved Romney physician, Dr. James F. Easton from 1927 until his death in 1972. Born in Clearfield, Pennsylvania in 1879, “Doc” Easton saw patients here every day of his life, until well . . . Map (db m128847) HM
4West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Engagement at RomneyLew Wallace Storms the Bridge
On the night of June 12, 1861, Col. Lewis Wallace led his 11th Indiana (Zouaves) Regiment from Cumberland, Maryland, by train across the Potomac River and into present-day West Virginia. He had learned that “several . . . Map (db m33450) HM
5West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Fort Pearsall 1754
“Fort Pearsall was on or in view of this site.” Job Pearsall built a fort as protection against the indians in 1754 on Lot 16, granted by Fairfax in 1749 containing 323 acres, including part of Indian Mound Cemetary. On May . . . Map (db m2101) HM
6West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Gilbert Proctor MillerPioneer Orchardist of Hampshire County
. . . Map (db m128848) HM
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7West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Grapeshot Among the Pines
"Somehow they found out we were in the woods east of town. They took two cannon up the pike to where the Toll House now stands and fired several rounds of grapeshot among the pines." John Starnes Memoir The road passing before you is the Old . . . Map (db m67937) HM
8West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Hampshire County CourthouseSecession and Occupation
On May 23, 1861, Virginians voted in a statewide referendum to approve or disapprove the Ordinance of Secession that the convention in Richmond had passed on April 17. Here at the Hampshire County Courthouse, 1,188 out of 2,635 eligible voters . . . Map (db m58656) HM
9West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Hampshire County World War I Memorial
In honor of Hampshire's sons who gave their lives and their service in the World War "We are the dead, Short days ago we lived, Felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved." Lieut. Robert W. Gilkeson • Corp. James Cleveland Lee • Corp. Joshua . . . Map (db m19345) HM
10West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Indian Mound
The Indian Mound Cemetery, which is 7 feet high and about 15 feet in diameter, is one of the largest remaining mounds in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. This mound has never been excavated but similar mounds of area dug by Smithsonian . . . Map (db m155358) HM
11West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Indian Mound Cemetery
This cemetery is centered around what is known as the Romney Indian Mound. Indian Mound Cemetery is also the site of the First Confederate Memorial, Parsons Bell Tower, and re-interments from Romney's Old Presbyterian Cemetery. The cemetery is . . . Map (db m150650) HM
12West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Jackson's HeadquartersJohn B. White House — Jackson's Bath-Romney Campaign —
On January 1, 1862, Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson led four brigades west from Winchester, Va., to secure Romney in the fertile South Branch Valley on the North Western Turnpike. He attacked and occupied Bath on January 4 . . . Map (db m159294) HM
13West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — John J. Cornwell House
This was the home of John J. Cornwell, 15th governor of W. Va. (1917-1921). The three story Greek Revival Four Square home was built by Governor Cornwell in 1914 and he lived there until his death in 1953.Map (db m203984) HM
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14West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Lew Wallace's Raid on Romney
On June 13, 1861, Col. Lew Wallace (11th Indiana Infantry) led a raid against Southern forces occupying Romney. Wallace passed through the Mechanicsburg Gap and took South Branch Bridge. The Rebel retreat from Romney forced Gen. Johnston to abandon . . . Map (db m150660) HM
15West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Lieutenant John Blue
Made his escape from the room immediately above when held as a Confederate spy on 20th day of April, 1862, when Romney was occupied by a regiment of Union soldiers.Map (db m203983) HM
16West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Literary Hall
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m203980) HM
17West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Mt. Pisgah Benevolence Cemetery
Mt. Pisgah Benevolence Cemetery, since the 1800's, has been land for cemetery burial for black slaves, men who served in the Armed Forces, a governess who served for 25 years for the late Governor John Cornwell, two brothers who were barbers, . . . Map (db m150661) HM
18West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Old District Parsonage
This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Old District Parsonage c. 1872Map (db m150649) HM
19West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Old Literary Hall Reported missing
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. . . . Map (db m203678) HM
20West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Oriskany Sand
The massive sandstone forming the top of the exposure and the great arch is the Oriskany, and the limestone below it is the Helderberg of the driller and geologist. The "Oriskany Sand", an important gas Sand, has produced in excess of a trillion . . . Map (db m150659) HM
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21West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church was first organized in Romney in 1787, after supplications dating as early as 1740. The present church was erected in 1860. It was used as a stable and hospital during the war between the states.Map (db m128846) HM
22West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Romney / Early Memorial
Romney. Incorporated as a town, 1762. Owned and laid off as a town by Lord Fairfax. Named for one of the five English Channel ports. Not far away was Fort Pearsall, built, 1756, as Indian defense. Town changed military control 56 times, . . . Map (db m159299) HM
23West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Romney in 1861–1865 / “Stonewall” Jackson
Romney in 1861–1865. Sitting astride the natural invasion route from the Shenandoah Valley to the Potomac and the B. & O. Railroad, Romney was scourged by both armies. No great battles were fought here, but during the War the town . . . Map (db m159297) HM
24West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Romney In The Civil WarStrategic Location on the Turnpike
Romney experienced many troop movements and skirmishes during the course of the war because of its location on the vitally important North Western Turnpike. The road linked Winchester, near the northern end of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, with . . . Map (db m159293) HM
25West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Romney in Union Hands
We held a counsel of war and decided that it would be safe to go over to town. We got some where near where Judge Dailey now lives and from there we saw that the town was thick with Blue Coats. We took our heels and got back to the woods at . . . Map (db m150645) HM
26West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Romney's Oldest House
The middle of these three structures was built circa 1760 on property owned by Lord Fairfax. It is a two-story, four-room dwelling distinguished by half-timbered construction, a closed stairway, and massive double chimneys, characteristics . . . Map (db m150646) HM
27West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters
General "Stonewall" Jackson used this brick home as headquarters when the Confederates took possession January 14, 1862. He regarded Romney highly enough to resign from the army when ordered to fall back from the town. Later he reconsidered…Map (db m175171) HM
28West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Taggart-Hall House
Francis Taggart (also spelled Tygart) A Quaker, was responsible for the construction of this Clapboard "Half" House on one of the one hundred lots which Lord Fairfax had surveyed to encourage settlement of the western countries. According to his . . . Map (db m150639) HM
29West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — To Our Hero Dead In World War II1941 - 1945
Romney High School pays tribute to the memory of her sons who gave the last full measure of devotion to their country Donald M. Cookman • Russell Duckworth • Paul P. Harmisch • Clinton R. Rigewick • Kenneth M. Taylor • William . . . Map (db m150637) WM
30West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Town of Romney
First in West Virginia - Est. 1762Map (db m150662) HM
31West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to All Veterans All gave some Some gave allMap (db m150636) WM
32West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — W. Va School for the Deaf and Blind
Established, 1870. The Classical Institute was donated by the Romney Literary Society as the initial building unit. Co-educational school giving academic and vocational training to the State's deaf and blind youth.Map (db m459) HM
33West Virginia, Hampshire County, Romney — W.VA.'s Oldest Public Office Building
Fairfax issued George Wilson a patent for this property in 1763. After Wilson's death, the property passed to his son-in-law Andrew Woodrow, the first clerk of the court of Hampshire Co. after the creation of the U.S. Woodrow then built the front . . . Map (db m150648) HM
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Jan. 28, 2023