Category Hampshire County History

Hampshire is my Willoughby

One of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes is “A Stop at Willoughby.”  In case you haven’t seen it, or don’t remember, this episode features a New York City white collar worker who steps out of the train into a late 19th century town. In typically Twilight Zone fashion, his visit to this lost place is […]

Capon Bridge Founders’ Day History Presentations

I served as a volunteer for the Capon Bridge Founder’s Day festival. Mostly I just handed out surveys for the West Virginia Humanities Council, but this required me to attend all of the history events, which I probably would have done anyway. Here are a collection of photos from the event.

A doorway to the past

When  I bought my house a year ago, I inherited a barn full of old materials. Some of these I suspect came from a house that stood on the neighboring property from between circa 1840 and 1920. The house is a bit of a mystery because there is almost no sign of its existence. The […]

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 […]

A Natural Reserve of History

Spring is in full bloom here in the mountains of Hampshire County, West Virginia. A few irises have popped up, and I’ve got mint growing in the garden. Sitting at the kitchen table for breakfast, I watched a turkey strut through the yard. Days like today are perfect for hosting visitors and talking about the […]

A Trip to the Hampshire County Archives

It started with a deed search. I wanted to learn more about my property’s history.  But fifteen minutes after I had arrived at the Hampshire County Courthouse, I was sitting in the Clerk’s office, chatting with him about history. The clerk showed me his historical treasures: a Civil War letter rescued from Ohio and returned […]

A Field Guide to the Wild American BUD LIGHT CAN, State flower of West Virginia

The Bud Light Can (Canus Budus Litus), is a hardy superabundant species of aluminum can with a range contiguous to the borders of the American lower forty-eight states, Alaska, Hawaii, parts of Canada and Mexico. Occasional specimens have been found in other countries, where it is often considered an invasive species. Reports of a Bud […]

Little Chrome Football Guy

Friends of mine, and readers of this blog (if there are any?) will know that I am renovating a 100 year old barn. It’s hard to tell how many generations have used the barn, but as I excate and renovate, I’ve found layers of old stuff. This is another barn archaeology find today. Its heavy […]

Old Letters in a Log Cabin

Yesterday, I visited a neighbor to look at some letters he found years ago in a log cabin. Mostly from the 1890s, the letters were between a Albert Scanlon and Mollie Smith (later Mollie Scanlon).