Hampshire Co. WV/VA


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Hampshire County is located at the wrist of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, in the foothills of the Alleghany mountain range.

Our major industry is fruit -- orchards to grow it and packing houses to distribute it. Other industries include a shoe factory for a nationally known brand, and a clothing factory. Details on Request. Or, see what the Census Bureau thinks.

Our County Seat, Romney, is home to the West Virginia State Schools for the Deaf and Blind. You may take a quick tour if you wish.

Each fall, Romney holds a Heritage Festival. In the fall of 1997, the Festival marked the 265th year of our charter. The Annual Hampshire Heritage Days usually occur on the first full weekend of September. Events in the past have included parades, displays, food, tours, musical shows, food, Arts shows, dancing, a 10 K run, food, antique cars, military encampments, food, craft shows, fashions of the past, and more food.

Romney is also home to one of the oldest continuously published newspapers in the state, The Hampshire Review and South Branch Intelligencer.


Add your voice to the 80th Anniversary celebration! Pick up your Answer Sheet today.

You will also want to drop by and register as an Alum! Registration is free, but there is charge for membership. Read their InfoBooth.


You really should drop by to register your school and sign up as an Alum! Registration is free, but there is charge for membership. Read their InfoBooth.




West Virginia's vital records go back ONLY to 1853 at the county level. At the State level, they begin ca 1918 because a fire in 1918 destroyed the building in which they were housed. Counties were asked to hold their submissions until a new home was found; some counties later remembered to send in the 1918-20 records, others did not. Your best source for births and deaths prior to 1918 is the COUNTY.

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