Finding aid for Romney subjects
This is an unordered list of several of the pages
that concern the City of Romney
History of Romney Lots from Various Sources
Important Dates and Places from Historic Romney: 1762-1937
Early Deeds of Romney Lots and Adjoining Lots
Links to NRHP sites
Romney historic maps see listing on main web page
Destroyed Places - Landmarks that have passed
Romney, the county seat (see also History above) - Old page
Current Courthouse a Review article by Rob Wolford
Photographs - Romney scenes
Cemeteries - see four listings on main page
Antebellum Romney - article by Rob Wolford
New Judicial Center (2008)
Hampshire Review articles:
"Corporation of Romney" reference
Romney Barrel Factory, RR Motor Cars & Fruit Package Factory 1922
Romney City Council meeting - new officers 1935
Sale of Dr. Martin House 10-17-34
New Jail Opening November, 1934
Deeds and Miscellaneous Documents:
Corporation of Romney statement in Romney City Council Minute book
Corporation of Romney minutes - bonds
Romney - Rannells Airport Agreement
Bid for new City building
From our namesake in England:
Proclamation from the Cinque Port Mayors to the Mayor of Romney, 1936
New Romney Proclamation on Romney's 250th anniversary
Walking Tour of Romney - a work in progress
Archived page: Romney 250th Anniversary
Archived page: Photo Album of Romney 250th Anniversary
Demonstration of murals in Romney - what it might look like.
Items of note for the Romney Historic Landmarks Commission
Blank West Virginia Historic Property Inventory Form for sites inventory use - pdf file you can download
Romney's Historic District-?? - preserving W. Va.'s oldest town?
WV Historic Property Form filled in for some Romney sites
See also Timeline below
Note: this is an abbreviated timeline; check web site index for county "Timeline" and page on "Tidbits of History."
- 1729(?) first settlers enter the South Branch River Valley.
- April 15, 1748 (approx.) Lot 18 on the South Branch is surveyed by James Genn; the Grant Book records "Laid off in a Town called Romney." [CRUP-Rice 2:165; 6:6-9]
- by 1748 200 persons reside at Pearsall's Flats.
- Thursday, Dec. 23, 1762 Gov. Fauquier signs Act establishing the Town of Romney.
- Oct-Nov 1770 George Washington's last visit to Hampshire county; he and Dr. James Craik spend night in Romney.
- 1786 State road from Winchester to Romney.
- 1796 Post Office established at Romney.
- January 30, 1819 The Polemic Society of Romney (later Literary Society of Romney) was organized in the office of Dr. John Temple. M&SHHC p.430
- Dec. 12, 1824 first Presbyterian Church dedicated by Dr. William Henry Foote on lots 59 & 60 at corner of High Street and Gravel Lane.
- by 1834 the Northwestern Pike reached Romney; by 1838 it reached Parkersburg on the western edge of the state.
- 1837 New courthouse built in Romney; it survived until 1920.
- December 12, 1846 The Virginia Legislature passed an act empowering the Literary Society to "establish at or near the town of Romney, a seminary of learning..."
- April 1861 Committee of Safety meets in Romney and begins to prepare for the coming war.
- 1869 original Methodist Church built on lot 56 in Romney.
- Sept. 1, 1884 the B & O Railroad opens 16.29 miles of track from Green Spring (main line of the B & O Railroad) and Romney
- 1898 Telephone lines completed from Cumberland to Romney and Romney to Capon Bridge.
- July 26, 1920 During renovation the east wall of the Courthouse collapses burying a small child, Tom Duncan. The county will finally vote to construct a new Courthouse.
- 1959 Hampshire Memorial Hospital opens to patients on Center Lane off Depot Street in Romney.
- September 2008 The new Hampshire County Judicial Center is dedicated by Gov. Joe Manchin.
- May, 2011 the new Hampshire Memorial Hospital has an open house