Hampshire County, WV is the oldest county in the state of West Virginia, and is located on along the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia near the Potomac Highland region.
Historically, Hampshire County’s economy was based on agriculture and farming, and still to this day, much of Hampshire’s economy revolves around the agricultural industry. Hampshire County WV continues to experience growth, and should continue to grow due to it’s location near more urban areas.
There are several primary schools, two middle schools and one high school in the Hampshire County school district. While it is a small district, the Hampshire County WV schools are wonderful schools with great teachers. Teachers, Administrators and parents come together in Hampshire County to ensure the academic success of their students.
The Hampshire Memorial Hospital in Romney, provides emergency services and health care to the Hampshire county area.
The towns of Romney and Capon Springs are in Hampshire County. Hampshire County is very close to Frederick and Winchester, Virginia.
There is so much natural beauty in Hampshire County, you will want to check out all the wonderful places that nature created. Places like Ice Mountain, a nature preserve that is also known as “Nature’s Icebox” because ice can be found on most of the rocks and trees year round. Due to the weather conditions, plants and flora that are normally only found in places like Quebec and the Yukon are found on Ice Mountain. Guided tours are given on a scheduled basis, and special care should be given to all the wildlife and plants while visiting the preserve.
Also be sure to check out “the trough”, which was created with the South Branch River was squeezed into a narrow canyon. The trough is a popular place to spot bald eagles and other wildlife. You can even take a 3 hour train ride on the Potomac Eagle through the trough and see the crystal clear waters of the South Branch River and the beautiful cliffs of the canyons.
In addition to all the beautiful places to visit, Hampshire County WV also has many opportunities for outdoor exploration. Visit Hampshire Park, or the Nathaniel Mountain Hunting and Fishing park. You can even go horseback riding at one of the many stables in the area. Guided tours are available.
When in Hampshire County, WV you won’t want to miss all the outdoor activities that you can enjoy and take part in.