Romney West Virginia
“West Virginia’s Oldest City”
Town of Romney WV
The city of Romney is located in Hampshire County, West Virginia. . Romney holds the title of West Virginia’s oldest town and is the county seat of Hampshire County. Romney offers visitors a variety of dining experiences, many different lodging choices, train rides, unique boutique shopping, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, museums, Civil War history, and arts and culture.
History of Romney WV
Romney is a city with a very historic background dating back to the 1700s. Originally settled in 1725 by hunters and traders, Romney was known as Pearsall’s Flats and was the site of the French and Indian War stockade Fort Pearsall.
Just a few miles outside of town you’ll find one of the nation’s best-preserved Civil War trenches at Fort Mill Ridge. An outer ring of entrenchments and a central redoubt for artillery was established by the Union army to help them control key roadways and defend the B&O Railroad. An interpretive trail provides an overview of the fort and its history.
The Davis History House, built in 1798, is the only log house still standing on its original lot in Romney. It was home to the Davis family— an example of the “brother against brother” reputation of the war in that 2 of their sons fought for the Confederacy and 1 for the Union. The house has been converted into a museum with Civil War artifacts and period furnishings on display.
- Taggart Hall
- Fort Mill Ridge Wildlife Management
- Hanging Rocks
- Davis House