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History of the Loy Foundation

The Loy House

The Loy Foundation, also known as the Hampshire County Historical and Arts Museum, is a non-profit organization that resulted from the will of A. Clinton Loy in 1997.

The Loy Foundation is the legacy of  A. Clinton and Henrietta Loy.  Long-time superintendent of Hampshire County Schools (from 1935 to 1960), Loy and his wife, an active participant in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Romney Club and what were Hampshire County’s WV University Extension Homemakers (now called CEOS–Community Education Outreach Service clubs), left their Main Street home and an endowment to create a Hampshire County Art and Historical Museum.

Clinton Loy

The Loy will specified a focus on Hampshire County history, education and the arts, to be created by a non-profit foundation governed by a board of trustees representing organizations in which Mr. & Mrs. Loy were active and had deep interest. Each of those organizations is developing a room in the Loy house to present the history of that organization in the community. Mr. Loy’s office will showcase memorabilia from his career as an educator.

Henrietta Loy

In 1998 the Loy Foundation acquired the former Coca Cola Bottling facility situated adjacent to the Loy property to better fulfill the vision set forth in the will. Despite it’s initial limitations, The Bottling Works has been in active use for Arts Council performances and events as well as a wide array of community activitiesfrom Extension Service Farmer Education dinners, US Rt. 50 Committee meetings and fundraisers to welcome festivities for Hampshire High School’s Italian Exchange students. The facility has also hosted many private celebrations—wedding receptions, milestone birthdays, and retirement parties.

Through extensive community input, the facility is being developed into a community cultural center.  The Foundation trustees determined the arts mission would be more effectively achieved by tapping into the resources of the Hampshire County Arts Council and a seat on the board of trustees was designated for that entity. With their assistance, the acoustics of the main room were improved, and The Loy Foundation sought and was awarded a Cultural Facilities Capital Grant from the WV Commission on the Arts in 2004 to address much-needed access and restroom facilities, add exhibition display features and enhanced access to the building’s upstairs.  The first part of a multi-phase development plan, the addition opened for use in March 2006. The plan calls for the facility to be usable throughout nearly all construction phases. The Loy Foundation is actively pursuing funding to enable the subsequent phases to be carried out.

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • President – Ken Caldwell
  • Vice President – Dan Hileman
  • Treasurer – Lawrence Foley
  • Secretary – Beth Parsons
  • Facility Manager – Jean Shoemaker

OUR PARTNERS

  • Hampshire County Arts Council
  • Hampshire County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Hampshire County Schools
  • Romney Rotary
  • West Virginia Schools for the Deaf & Blind