Let’s Explore

⋅ History & Museums ⋅

Come to Hampshire County. Unplug from technology, enjoy a scenic train ride, take a float trip on the South Branch, visit a farmers market or fruit stand. Spend a few days in our quiet, two-lane paradise.

Capon Bridge Public Library & Doctor Gardner Museum

Local history references, genealogy reference center. Museum features local artifacts, open when library is open.

2987 Northwestern Pike
Capon Bridge, WV 26711
Hours: Monday-Wednesday-Thursday: 11AM-6PM, Friday: 11AM -5PM; Tuesday: 2PM-8PM; Saturday: 9AM-1PM

Ft. Edwards

Was one of many forts guarding the Virginia frontier during the French and Indian War. In the late 1740’s, this river valley was one of several areas surveyed for Lord Fairfax by the young George Washington. In 1756, Col. Washington’s Virginia Regiment led a raid from the small fort which stumbled into an ambush of over 100 French and Indian raiders in the largest and most costly encounter between Virginia and French-Indian forces. Today, the Ft. Edwards Foundation preserves this historic site and operates a small Visitor Center with a museum, maps, and books. Located in Capon Bridge just 20 miles west of Winchester, the Center is open mid-June through mid-October on the weekends

350 Cold Stream Road
Capon Bridge, WV 26711
Hours: Third Sat in June, to First Sun in Oct; Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Sun 1 pm - 5pm

Ft. Mill Ridge Civil War Trenches

Is among the best-preserved civil war trenches in the nation. Built by Union troops in 1863, the fort is comprised of an outer ring of entrenchments and a central redoubt for artillery. At one time, two infantry regiments of 2,000 men guarded this extensive network of trenches to control key roadways and enable defense of the B&O Railroad line. Trail information provides an overview of the fort and its history. The trail loop takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour. The fort is located a 2.6 miles west, on Route 50, starting at light in the center of Romney .

19-1 Fort Mill Ridge, 39.326718, -78.796867
Romney, WV 26757
Hours: Dawn - Dust

Ft. Mill Ridge Foundation

Is among the best-preserved civil war trenches in the nation. Built by Union troops in 1863, the fort is comprised of an outer ring of entrenchments and a central redoubt for artillery. At one time, two infantry regiments of 2,000 men guarded this extensive network of trenches to control key roadways and enable defense of the B&O Railroad line. Trail information provides an overview of the fort and its history. The trail loop takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour. The fort is located a 2.6 miles west, on Route 50, starting at light in the center of Romney .

91 South High St
Romney, WV 26757
Hours: Mon & Tue 9 am - 4pm, Wed - Sat 9 am - 5pm; June - O

Hampshire County Public Library – Capon Bridge, WV

2987 Northwestern Pike
Capon Bridge, WV 26711
Hours: Mon 11 am - 6 pm; Tue 11 am - 8 pm; Wed - Fri 11 am - 6 pm; Sat 9 am - 1 pm, Closed Sun

Hampshire County Public Library – Romney, WV

153 W. Main Street
Romney, WV 26757
Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri: 10am – 6pm; Tue/Thurs: 9am – 7pm; Sat: 10am – 4pm; Sun: Closed

Indian Mound Cemetery

contains an ancient burial area for Indians. Although never excavated, authorities suggest it may have been built between AD 500 and AD 1000 by the Hopewellian tribe. The Cemetery, located just outside Romney looking over the South Branch River, is also home to the Confederate Monument, supported by local Confederate soldiers and families who organized the Confederate Memorial Association.

685 W. Main St, Rt 50, West, just past School St.
Romney, WV 26757
Hours: Dawn - Dust

Taggart Hall House & Civil War Museum

Gift shop with books, postcards, Civil War prints, and Fenton Art Glass.

91 S. High St
Romney, WV 26757
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM Saturday: 9:00AM-5:00PM

The Davis History House

is the only log house still standing on its original lot in Romney. It contains civil war memorabilia and the personal effects of the Davis family who lived there more than 150 years. The collection is maintained by the Hampshire County Public Library. Visitors can enter via the Library.

197 W Main St.
Romney, WV 26757
Hours: Contact Hampshire Co. Public Library for touring