indebted to Roberta Munske, Coordinator of the Hampshire250
Committee, and to Janet Harlow, the new Director of Hampshire250, for
the opening display in the Hampshire County Library in Romney.
covers the early history of the county from the occupation of
prehistoric Native Americans through the establishment of the colony of
Virginia and the granting of the Northern Neck Proprietary to Lord
Fairfax, and it continues through the arrival of the earliest settlers
including Joseph Edwards and James Caudy and others. Shown here is the
detail of a Native American pottery bowl found in the South Branch
these pottery articles were probably used for common tasks they have
simple artistic designs inscribed into their surface. The area was used
long before the white man arrived although by the time Europeans came
the settled native population had disappeared or been drive out.
Washington was the most famous person involved in the early history of
the county. He arrived in 1748 at the age of sixteen to work as a
surveyor for Lord Fairfax who was parcelling out land to settlers. Mr.
Washington surveyed for several years along the Cacapon River. Then,
after his involvement in the beginning of the French and Indian War he
returned as Commander of the Virginia Regiment to protect the farmers
from attacks by the French and their Indian allies.
The library has several books on George
Washington and his time in Hampshire County.
Everyone is encouraged to visit the
Library in Romney to see the exhibit this month and the exhibits
scheduled for the coming months of this anniversary year. We commend
everyone who is involved in this public display of our history. Thank