Historic Hampshire County, WV
West Virginia's Oldest County

 

Historic Markers

in Hampshire County, West Virginia

State Historic Markers

Bloomery Furnace

Bloomery Skirmish

Confederate Memorial

Deaf and Blind School

Fort EdwardsFort Edwards sign ocation photo
Fort Edwards sign in Capon Bridge on US Rt 50

Ft. Forman on Rt. 28
This sign was replaced through the efforts of the late Virginia Pancake.
On Rt. 28 north of Romney near Buffalo Hollow Rd.

Ice Mountain
At junction of US Rt 50 and State Rt 29

Indian Mound Cemetery

Stonewall Jackson

Mount Bethel Church

Romney in 1861-1865

Romney

Mechanicsburg Gap
On US Rt 50 in Mechanicsburg Gap west of Romney

Claudius Crozet
On US Rt 50 in Mechanicsburg Gap west of Romney; opposite side of above

Capon Springs signCapon Springs location
Capon Springs sign on State Rt 259 between High View and the Hardy County line. See bridge sign below.

High Knob
On Rt 220 at Hampshire-Hardy County line

Caudy's Castle sign
Caudy's Castle sign on Rt. 127 at crossing of the Cacapon River


Northwestern Turnpike in Capon BridgeNorthwestern Turnpike
Northwestern Turnpike on US Rt 50 in Capon Bridge

Pin Oak FountainPin Oak Fountain wide view
Pin Oak Fountain on Rt 29 3.8 miles north of junction with Rt 127

Below are the signs on US Rt. 50 at the Virginia-West Virginia state line:
West Virginia-Virginia line on Rt 50
West Virginia signFrederick County, Virginia
These are Virginia state signs, not West Virginia - note the emblem at top.
West Virginia-Virginia line looking west
The concrete boundary markers on both sides of the highway are leaning and in need of repair.

 

Missing Signs :

Hanging Rock on the South Branch River
Sign missing. Inscription: Perpendicular cliffs rising nearly 300 feet above the South
Branch of the Potomac. The scene of fierce battle between Delaware and Catawba
Indians about 1736. Also scene of skirmishes between Northern and Southern troops in 1861.
On Rt. 28 north of Romney at Hanging Rock.

Other missing signs include:
  • Oriskany Sand at US 50/WV 28, two miles west of Romney; Inscription: "The massive sandstone forming the top of the exposure and the great arch is the Oriskany and the limestone below it is the Helderberg of the driller and geologist. The "Oriskany Sand", an important gas sand, has produced in excess of a trillion cubic feet of gas in West Virginia."
  • Braddock's Gap at US 50 and WV 29; Inscription: "To the north, route of General Braddock's army in May, 1755, on way to attack the French at Fort Duquesne. His troops encamped at both Fort Capon and For Cox near here before resuming the journey which ended in defeat and death."
  • Blue's Gap Battle on US 50, 14 miles east of Romney at North River; Inscription: "Confederate troops under Captain George F. Sheets were defeated by Colonel S. H. Dunning's 5th Ohio Infantry here, Jan. 7, 1862. North River Bridge and a number of buildings were burned by the Federals."
  • most of the Hampshire County signs at the county boundaries.

lost county entry sign
 
 

     It is unfortunate that most of the signs posted at the entry to Hampshire County are missing. It would seem that for many people "taking pride" in their County means stealing the sign!

     The Inscription for the Hampshire County signs reads some variation of the following: "Oldest county; established by the Virginia Assembly, 1754. Formed from Frederick and Augusta. Lord Fairfax, owner, named it for the English shire of the same name. Ice Mountain and Hanging Rocks are among its natural wonders." 


 

 

Private Signs  
 

Capon Chapel church

Sloan - Parker House

Presbyterian Church

Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters

John Cornwell House

Taggart Hall

This is incorrectly named. It is the "Taggart House" or as it is now called: "Taggart Hall"

Romney's Oldest House

Oldest Public Office

Fort Pearsal

Washington Place - Black history

Dr.Easton house

John Blue land grant

Wirgman building location now the Bank of Romney
Sign for the old Wirgman building noting Lt. John Blue

Literary Hall sign in Romney

new Literary Hall sign in Romney

Stone Fountain sign on Rt. 50 at Cooper Mountain

Cacapon River Watershed

 

More to come - check back.
We take our time! We thank you for yours.

 


    
 
2006 Charles C. Hall.
All rights reserved. Updated: 10/15/12
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