Hidden Bend Retreat, Romney West Virginia

Romney, WV

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We Bought a Church

Well, not exactly. Donna and I made an offer yesterday that was accepted
this morning on an old church built in 1897 that was converted to a
river camp sometime in the 1940's. Pictures below. It's on a quarter of
an acre on the South Branch of the Potomac about 7 miles from our house
outside Romney.

We've been watching for river front property since we moved here but
those we found either didn't have good access to the water, were too far
away, or were on converted farmland where the sun would drive us crazy
in the summer. This is a small lot but has a relatively easy walk down
to the water so should be great for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and
just hanging about. The church is rustic but has working well, septic, 2
bedrooms and a big loft. Wood stove for heat but don't see it being used
in the deep winter. It's being sold as is with the furnishings so might
find some surprises too! Property is easy to winterize from what we have
seen after meeting with the current owner.

We hope to close before Thanksgiving, in the interim, I'm doing some
research to learn more about the property and history of the church.
Looks like it was active starting in 1897 and was sold from the church
trustees to an individual in 1940. The current owner's father bought the
property in 1955.

More as we learn more but thought we'd pass along an update to those of
you that follow the blog.

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