Mitigation for Hampshire Memorial Hospital
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The process of removing the old Hampshire Memorial Hospital to make way for a new school will require extra steps. The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office has declared the building as meeting criteria for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places because it was built under the historic Hill-Burton Act which was designed to bring better health to rural areas. This means that if the hospital building is removed some mitigation must be done. Mitigation efforts must be undertaken in conjunction with the WV State Historic Preservation Office and may include:
1. Submitting a digital copy of the original architectural drawings of the former Hampshire Memorial Hospital; or
2. Creating an informative panel with the building’s history to be included in both the proposed school building (to be built on the site) as well as at the new hospital site; or
3. Allowing certain historic features to be removed and/or photographically documented for an exhibit at the local library or historical society.
There may also be another site connected with the hospital land that may require more investigation.
This web page is a working document to help researchers in meeting the requirements for mitigation. It is a Draft document and will be updated irregularly as new information becomes available.
Please send us any information you have on the history of the old hospital and what it has meant to our county.
We are awaiting an article produced by the Hampshire County Development Authority as part of the mitigation for the destruction of the hospital in order that the new school building can be built on the property.
Click here for the Commemorative Brochure published when the Hospital opened.
This is a short history of Hampshire Memorial Hospital written three years after it opened. This article appeared in the Romney Bicentennial pamphlet in 1962. There is no author/editor, publisher or date on the brochure, so we assume it is in the public domain and available to post here. Click the browser "back arrow" to return here.
West Virginia Historic Property Inventory Form for Hospital site HM-1427 large file
Dates to check newspapers:Note articles needed from the Hampshire Review:
Cumberland Sunday Times, (Cumberland, Maryland), October 23, 1955, page 18. Comm moves forward with plan
The Raleigh Register, (Beckley, WV) November 9, 1955, Page 1. resolution if Fed funds can be gotten
Cumberland Sunday Times, (Cumberland Maryland), April 1, 1956, page 30. secures land
The Cumberland News, (Cumberland, Maryland), July 20, 1956, page 28. received grant
Cumberland Sunday Times, (Cumberland, Maryland), August 17, 1958, Page 30. hires staff
Cumberland Sunday Times, (Cumberland, Maryland), February 1, 1959, Page 25. hospital opens
Cumberland Evening Times, (Cumberland, Maryland), May 7, 1959, Page 11 surgeon appointed
Cumberland Evening Times, (Cumberland, Maryland), July 2, 1959, Page 13 new levy required to pay for shortfall
The Cumberland News, (Cumberland, Maryland), April 7, 1966, Page 25 operating loss requires setting up a non-profit operation
- Hill-Burton Act of 1946
- September, 1955 first meeting discussing building a hospital (Romney Bicentennial Magazine p.75)
- October 22, 1955 to establish a 40 bed hospital in Romney, if Federal funds could be secured. (Determination of Eligibility and Effect Report p6)
- January 28, 1956, county residents approved the first levy to support construction of the hospital. (DEER p6)
- ??1956 Land was obtained from the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind for the hospital site. (DEER p6)
- July, 1956 State Board of Health allocates 61% of funding for Hampshire Memorial Hospital (RBM)
- ??The Hampshire County Court applied for and received a federal grant for $439,200 to support the construction of a 40 bed hospital which had a total estimated cost of $720,000. (DEER p6)
- 1957 Architect L.D. Schmidt and Son of Fairmont designed the new 40 bed hospital (DEER p9)
- April 27, 1957 groundbreaking ceremony for hospital; Harley Staggers gives address (RBM)
- May 1, 1957 construction begins on hospital (RBM)
- February 2, 1959 Hospital officially opens (Valley Health website)
- May, 1959 Dr. Edward Mahoney appointed resident surgeon. (DEER p10)
- 1964 Harris-Hill Amendment to original Hill-Burton Act allowed the community hospitals to continue to accept Federal funds in order to modernize the facilities.
- 2008 Hampshire Memorial Hospital was the first West Virginia hospital to join Valley Health. (VH website)
- June 4, 2011 a newly constructed Valley Health hospital facility opens at Sunrise Summmit; old hospital closes. (VH website)
- February 16, 2021, the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer requests a Historic Property Inventory (HPI) form be completed and submitted to her office with color photographs.
- March 10, 2021 Practical Preservation completes a Determination of Eligibility and Effect Report which recommends that the former Hampshire Memorial Hospital is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A for its association with the development of post-war community hospitals as part of a national building campaign resulting from the Hill-Burton Act. (Arch and Historical-Hampshire Memorial Hospital Report.v2.pdf)
- March 18, 2021 Thrasher Engineering sends Determination of Eligibility and Effect Report to SHPO for review. (20210318-Transmittal-SHPO-CommentResponse.pdf)
- March 18, 2021 Sandra Scaffidi, Architectural Historian with Practical Preservation sends SHPO a Determination of Eligibility for the Hampshire Memorial Hospital, FR# 21-299-HM (20210317-HCDA HMH-SHPO Archit&Hist Comment Response-PP.pdf)
- April 6, 2021 The Hampshire County Development Office requests assistance from HistoricHampshire.org in researching information for a mitigation program and in organizing a public meeting to raise community awareness of the situation. A public meeting date is set for April 26 at 10 a.m. in the upstairs courtroom in Romney.
Photos and Articles Album
Photo Credits: The images shown below are from various sources. The newspaper articles are from The Hampshire Review and are used with permission. The images from the Dedication brochure are shown in cooperation with the Hampshire County Development Authority which is responsible for mitigating the destruction of the old hospital. The first two black and white photographs above are from negatives which we assume were made by Clark Alexander who gave his negatives to members of the community; there is no known copyright holder of these images. The final color image of the interior is from the consultant's Determination of Eligibility and Effect Report. prepared for the Hampshire County Development Authority.