The Romney Project


  We are a collaborative group of volunteers from the Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC), the Town of Romney including the Mayor and the Town Administrator, as well as concerned and interested business owners and citizens.  Our collective love of art coupled with our interest in history has led us to this extremely needed effort, namely The Romney Project (TRP).  Romney, the oldest established town in West Virginia, has a plethora of history and stories of what used to be.  We are embarking on an adventure to use art and this history to showcase our town. 

But We Need Your Help!!!!!      

OUR MISSION: The Romney Project’s vision is to raise awareness of our town’s rich history and culture and uplift the community spirit through arts and education.

WHAT WE ARE DOING:  Romney, West Virginia’s oldest town, established on December 23, 1762, is a pearl in the Hampshire Highlands, waiting to be polished and shown to the world.  Inspired by the successes of the arts-driven community awakenings that are happening around our state, we believe that “Now it’s Romney’s time!”  Our desire is to enhance the image of Romney and foster a sense of pride in our town.  We will be “painting the town.”  No, not red but with art and activities that will transform the perception of Romney visually, emotionally, passionately and affectionately.  You can be a part of our plans and dreams.

 • MURALS: Multiple Romney business owners have agreed to participate by granting permission for murals to be painted on their buildings. A variety of themes are planned depending on the location and the history of the location. John D'Amico, a HCAC member and a professional commercial artist, along with other local artists, is designing the murals by working with the business owners and TRP members. Our signature mural shown hereis a historical timeline of Romney from the early Indian settlements to today and has been proposed for a large building or to be used in parts on a series of buildings.    The picture at the top of the page tells of Romney's earliest history.   Shown below is a detail of  a section in the middle and also the design of the end of the mural showing some of what life is like today.   

The anticipated start of this mural is spring of 2019.

This is a major undertaking and in order to “get our feet wet” John has designed the BBelle’s Boutique mural also shown below that will be completed this summer.

• WALKING  TOURS:  Several generations of buildings have come and gone in Romney including hotels, movie theatre, dime store, soda fountain eateries, court house, etc. while some are still standing.  Fortunately for TRP, Dot Calvert, one of our history enthusiasts, has located pictures of the older buildings no longer existing and is developing a “Street-Scape” of them.  The walking tours will traverse a number of “stations” located at various historical significant locations where docents will expound on the history of the location and spin stories to enthrall the visitor.

• GEOCACHING:  The world’s largest fun family-oriented treasure hunt will excite and educate the young and old alike from near and far as they explore the various historical sites around Romney that have been established by our geocaching leader Jeff Keister.

• MAY DAY BASKET CONTEST AND CELEBRATION TEA:  May 1st, 2018 saw the first of our annual May Day Basket contest events organized by Barbie Hillenbrand.  For a custom unknown in Romney, it was extremely successful and embraced by the town bringing springtime beauty to Romney.  Following the contest, winners were feted at a May Day Basket Celebration Tea.  This custom will continue for years to come to herald each spring with a town full of beautiful colors.
OUR NEEDS:  A budget of $5350 is established to fund TRP through the fall of 2019.  The majority of the funds will be required to meet the costs of creating the murals.  These costs include things like paint, wall sealing materials, painting supplies, construction materials, scaffolding, etc.  Other expenses include insurance, publicity, docent costumes, awards and ribbons, May Day Tea, and others too numerous to list. 

WE ARE ON FACEBOOK:  Please like our page and follow it to see our progress. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:  Click on the Donate button and give what you can.  If you’d like to donate, but don’t want to use a credit card, you can mail your check made payable to The Romney Project to P. O. Box 293, Romney WV 26757.  We are a non-profit, but not tax-deductible organization.  If you wish your donation to be tax-deductible, make your check payable to Town of Romney, write "The Romney Project" in the memo field and mail to the above P. O. Box. 

YOUR DONATION is essential in allowing our dreams to be realized.  No donation is too small.  Please give and pass this on to your friends for their consideration.  Together let’s make Romney shine again as it did in its “heyday!”

Donations (7)

  • The RMB CRUT via Carol Shaw
    • $5,000 (Offline)
    • 5 yrs
  • Dot Calvert
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 5 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Joanne Snead
Springfield, WV
Charles Snead

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