Early days in three WV counties -- Hampshire, Mineral and Morgan -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 65 page booklet comprised of excerpts four rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe (1845); West Virginia in History, Life, Literature and Industry by Morris Purdy Shawkey (1928); History of West Virginia by Virgil A. Lewis (1889); and Virginia, a Guide to the Mountain State, a WPA publication (1941). The booklet is printed on 60# opaque paper, with the print size enlarged as needed to fit the 8 1/2 x 11 size. The front cover is a parchtex card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. Communities currently listed for this area by the National Association of Counties include: Hampshire County -- Augusta, Bloomery, Capon Bridge, Capon Springs, Delray, Green Spring, High View, Junction, Kirby, Lehew, Levels, Points, Purgitsville, Rio, Romney (County Seat), Shanks, Slanesville, Springfield, Three Churches, Yellow Spring; Mineral County -- Burlington, Carpendale, Elk Garden, Fort Ashby, Keyser (County Seat), New Creek, Piedmont, Ridgeley, Scherr, Short Gap, Wiley Ford; Morgan County -- Bath (Berkeley Springs), Berkeley Springs (County Seat), Great Cacapon, Hancock, Paw Paw, Unger. Among the many subjects included are: Physical features including the Ice Mountain of Hampshire, Caudy's Castle and the Tea Table; How/why names of places; Names of early officials; Where's Watson Town?; Ancient Battlefield; Indian activity; Bowers and York Attacked; Furman's Fort, the Mullady brothers, college presidents; Capt. William Keiter and Craig W. McDonald, both of the Confederare Army; Rev. William Henry Foote; Felix Grundy, a notable native son; Potomac State School of West Virginia University at Keyser; Schools for the Deaf and Blind at Romney; Newspapers; Nancy Hanks, illegitimate daughter of Lucy Hanks, and mother of Abraham Lincoln, birth site controversy; Four H Club at Keyser; Fort Edwards Attack, George Washington and Berkeley Springs; Capon Springs; the Glass Industry; Tour highlights of the area, including Capon Bridge, the Keller House site, the Brady House, the Mytinger House, the Old Homestead Tavern, Antioch Woolen Mill, Fort Ashby, and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains relatively detailed biographies of a number of county residents of yesteryear. They frequently include ancestors, siblings, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities, in the course of which they often shed light on the businesses, churches, professions and institutions, and on the events of the day. They include: Paul Wagoner Dayton, Gov. John Jacob Cornwell, Dr. James F. Easton, Dr. Paul R. Wilson, Dr. Edwin K. Wilson, Parley DeBerry, John M. Snarr, Edward R. Carskadon, Dr. Theodore C. Giffin, Charles E. Nethken, Vernon E. Johnson, Dr. Edward B. Martin, Vernon E. Rankin, Dr. Thomas F.E. Bess, Mrs. Katheryn V. Rankin, and Dr. Paul C. Marquand.