Romney is the first incorporated town in West Virginia, established by the Virginia House of Burgesses on Dec. 23, 1762.
Visitors to Romney will see a community set in natural beauty and immersed in Civil War history. It is home to the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad where visitors are able to take a three-hour scenic train excursion for a chance to glimpse bald eagles. Those looking to take a break from the summer heat should make a trip to Ice Mountain Preserve, which receives its name from a natural “refrigeration” effect that keeps the temperature cool enough to sustain ice year round. The cool temperature also supports plant species more commonly found in higher elevations. For history enthusiasts, Fort Mill Ridge offers some of the best preserved Civil War trenches in the nation while the Taggart Hall Museum features Civil War memorabilia. Other visitor activities include canoeing and fishing on the South Branch, a farmers market and authentic Appalachian music throughout the summer.
The last weekend in June features the South Branch Bluegrass Festival, a free all-day concert of well-known musicians topped off with a fireworks display over the Potomac River.
During the first weekend after Labor Day, experience Romney’s cultural history at Hampshire Fest. This event offers historic displays, French and Indian War and Civil War military encampments, train excursions, historic homes/sites tours, crafts, artisan’s village with demonstrations, parade, carnival, food, music, antique and classic car display.
The Old-fashioned Christmas in Romney event begins in early December and culminates with a Tribute to Christmas in mid-December. Some activities include a tree-lighting ceremony, parade and crafts. The Hampshire County Chamber of Commerce, along with the Potomac Eagle Excursion Train, has the Romney Christmas Train that goes to the North Pole to pick up Santa for a trip back to Romney the weekend before Christmas.
Located on the South Branch of the Potomac River, Romney is the county seat of Hampshire County. The town was selected as an On Trac site in 2009 and is working to revitalize the town's economy and social programs. Major employers include the Hampshire County Courthouse, county Board of Education and Hampshire Memorial Hospital. The Industrial Park includes businesses such as Gourmet Central and Suzuki. This town is also home to the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.