Suggested activities/projects for the
Romney Historic Landmarks Commission
To be presented to the newly sworn-in Commission,
April or May, 2017
1. Begin amassing readily available data on history of the city and notes about historic events and buildings. Archive available publications and create a digital copy. This could include:
a. check Historic Romney by Seldon Brandon and list sites mentioned,
b. check History of Hampshire County by Maxwell and Swisher and list sites mentioned,
c. check Rob Wolford's research for the Fort Mill Ridge Foundation on Civil War buildings,
d. check Historic Romney, 1762-1937; sponsored by The Town Council; Romney, 1937,
e. check “Tidbits of History” and “Timeline” on www.HistoricHampshire.org,
f. Each week clip/digitize items in the Review's "Back in Time" column about Romney,
g. Check William Rice's Colonial Records of the Upper Potomac series for Romney references, particularly Volume Two, pp. 165-166; Volume Three pp. 11, 13 and Volume Four pp. 115-126.
h. On the map list check the 1928 Water System map and also the Sanborn Fire Maps for building locations between 1888 and 1931.
i. Check Civil War era engraving: "View of Romney, West Virginia, in Possession of General Kelly" by A. M. Bott (note above Wolford's paper for Fort Mill Ridge Foundation)
j. Check Early Deeds of Romney
Note: Some of these could be a project for a summer intern or Eagle Scout project. Money could come from funds on hand.
2. Put information on buildings, structures and sites into a register or inventory format and post it on the City's web site so it is readily available to the public.
Section 14 A (1) Make a survey of, and designate as historic landmarks, buildings, structures and sites which constitute the principal historical and architectural sites which are of local, regional, statewide or national significance.
Section 14 A (2) Prepare a register of landmarks, buildings, structures an sites which meet the requirements of subdivision (1) of this section, publish lists of such properties...
3. With the Mayor and City Administrator search City Hall attic for maps and other documents relating to the history of the City.
4. Designate a storage space in City Hall for the Commission's documents & reference material.
5. Verify City Municipal boundaries and Historic District boundaries to insure area of responsibility.
6. Make a list and/or create a map of destroyed historic sites.
7. Create a map of current historic sites.
8. Maintain a list of most endangered sites in Romney and review it semi-annually. Items on list may be endangered by neglect, development or other causes.
9. Post Commission meeting dates and agenda on City web site.
10. Post Commission meeting Minutes and Annual Report on the City web site.
11. Sponsor at least one annual public presentation to encourage wider public knowledge and appreciation of historic features, areas, sites, and structures and to encourage private efforts to preserve, protect and interpret historic sites. Such presentations could include lectures on local history, seminars on how to research one's building, lessons on preservation, etc. Another suggested topic is an oral history preservation/recording session. The Commission could seek support for these programs from the State Historic Preservation Office.
12. Make an annual assessment of heritage tourism opportunities in Romney in cooperation with the Hampshire County C.V.B. and other interested organizations.
13. Review the requirements of the H1 Historic District classification in the City Zoning Ordinance and advise the City Council on the use of this designation and possibilities for updating/upgrading this classification.
14. The Romney City Historic Landmarks Commission should study the possibility of making a formal arrangement with the Hampshire County Historic Landmarks Commission to work together on its projects within the municipal boundaries particularly since the County Historic Landmarks Commission has greater resources and experience than the City Commission has. Furthermore, both Commissions should be working together to support heritage tourism in Hampshire County.
Section 14 A(8) Seek the advice and assistance of individuals, groups and departments and agencies of government who or which are conducting historical preservation programs and coordinate the same insofar as possible;
Section 14 F. The commission shall cooperate with and coordinate its activities with the West Virginia Department of Archives and History, the West Virginia Historical Society, and the West Virginia Antiquities Commission, with the view of developing a unified program for the identification, study, preservation and protection of all historic buildings, structures and sites in the municipality of Romney.
15. Arrange with the City Council and the City's Attorney to have the City owned lots in the Confederate Memorial Historic Site in Indian Mound Cemetery deeded to the Romney Historic Landmarks Commission.
16. Work with all interested parties to support the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Confederate Monument in the Confederate Memorial Historic Site in Indian Mound Cemetery this year.
17. Work with all interested parties to support the creation of a walking tour of Romney with a brochure, map and, possibly, documentation available through the Internet. Coordinate this activity with the County Historic Landmarks Commission and the Hampshire County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
HistoricHampshire.org updated: 4/14/17