Literary Hall is a brick library building and museum in Romney, West
Virginia, built in 1869 and 1870 by the Romney Literary Society. Founded
in 1819, the society was the first literary organization of its kind in
the present-day state of West Virginia, and one of the first in the
United States. In 1846, the society constructed a building which housed
the Romney Classical Institute and its library. During the Civil War the
library's contents were plundered by Union Army forces, and many of its
3,000 volumes were scattered or destroyed. The society transferred
ownership of its Romney Classical Institute campus to the West Virginia
Schools for the Deaf and Blind in 1870 and in that year completed
Literary Hall, where the society reconstituted its library collection
and revived its literary activities. The Romney Literary Society's last
meeting was held there in 1886. In 1979 the hall was placed on the
National Register of Historic Places. Its basic design incorporates
Federal and Greek Revival styles along with Victorian details.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_Hall>
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General Benedict Arnold to hand over West Point, New York.
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all 112 people aboard.
A gunman shot and killed ten students at Seinäjoki University
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