Old Home on the South Branch

Five miles or so west of Romney, West Virginia, my friend is working on restoring an 18th century home site. It appears that in the late 18th century, it began with a log cabin, which was then extended, before clapboard was nailed on over the logs. Outbuilding after outbuilding was added, and it became a substantial farm. Before it was abandoned a decade ago, someone raised Turkeys there.

The road, running south, connects to route 50 which leads to Romney. But early traffic on the road was probably to the north, to reach the river.

I made a visit yesterday to check out progress on the house and see if I could learn anything about Hampshire County history. Here’s soon of the interesting things I found:

 

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