Historic Hampshire County, WV
West Virginia's Oldest County

Some Historic Buildings of Hampshire County

Sloan-Parker house
This house was constructed of locally quarried fieldstone for the family of Richard and Charlotte Sloan about 1790.  The family who ran a weaving business owned the home until 1854 when it was sold to the Parker brothers.  The house is located on Rt 50 west of Romney.  This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

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Literary Hall
Romney, West Virginia

    Literary Hall was constructed in 1869-70 as the home of a literary society that had been founded in 1819. By 1830 the group had assembled a classical library of over 3,000 volumes. Unfortunately, the strife of the Civil War destroyed all but 400 volumes of the original collection. This building was constructed after the war as the members struggled to rebuild their community. The Literary Society used this building until 1886 when it fell into disuse until taken over by the Masons. Now privately owned, it has been restored. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
 

 

Hooks Tavern

Hooks Tavern is a large "L" shaped house east of Capon Bridge.  It is currently for sale.


Carlyle-Hefflebower house water systemwater system across the river
The old Carlyle-Heffelbower estate on the Cacapon River - sold several years ago - future uncertain. It had a water system across the Cacapon River.
 

Ridgedale, Washington home
Ridgedale the home of the George W. Washington family.
Congratulations! This home was recently added to
the National Register of Historic Places!

Ridgedale was built about 1850 by George William Washington who had become a resident of Hampshire County in 1834 or earlier. The house was built on part of 700 acres devised in 1817 to Sarah "Sally" A. Wight and her siblings by their grandfather, Maj. Robert Lockhart first of Lancaster County, PA and later of Frederick County, VA. Sarah married George W. Washington sometime around 1830. George and Sally lived a Ridgedale and raised at least nine children, one of whom, John, died in the Civil War. George died in 1876 and with his wife and several family members is buried in Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney. One son, Edward, who married Susan Ann Taylor and lived at Ferndale several miles down river in a house built in 1834 by Susan's father, William Taylor. Other children married into the the Pancake, Inskeep and Rees families. The ancestry of George William Washington is uncertain, but it is assumed that he is a distant cousin of President George Washington.
For further informatin see: The Washingtons and Their Homes by John W. Wayland; McClure Printing Company, Staunton, 1944.

Ridgedale window
A Window at Ridgedale

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The Shouse-Martin house, most recently the William Milleson home, is located on Rt. 28 in Springfield.  We wish the current owners well on their National Register application.

 

 

 

 

Washington Home 

Washington Home sign

 

 

   The William Washington Home is the home of William and Annie Washington, among the first freed blacks to build a house and develop land for other freed blacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

North River Mills Church

The North River Mills Methodist Church as beautiful stencil designs inside.
The North River Mills page has more pictures of the stencils.

Stencil in North River Mills Church

 


Bloomery Furnace

Bloomery Iron Furnace
Bloomery Iron Furnace is located near Forks of Capon where the North River joins the Cacapon River. It is one of the few remaining monuments to the emerging move to heavier industry that finally came to our mainly agricultural area. Its location on a tributary stream less than a mile from the Cacapon made it practical to float the pig iron down the river to the Potomac and on to other areas. Neither the iron industry nor other light industry like tanneries lasted long; newer ways of manufacturing and depleteing resources doomed them.



 
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