Waldomore: Historic Clarksburg, WV

This historic home in Clarksburg, West Virginia, was once the residence of the Goff family, a prominent local family. Waldo who lived from 1796 to 1881, was born in Otsego County, New York. He built his grand two story Neo-Classical brick home in 1839. Waldo was a member of the Virginia State Senate from 1833 to 1837, and held other offices before becoming sheriff of Harrison County, West Virginia, in 1851.

Four of Waldo’s eight male children served in the Virginia, and West Virginia state legislature with Nathan being the most prominent serving as Secretary of the Navy to President Rutherford Hayes. Nathan also served as a United States congressman from 1883 to 1889.

The home has original outbuildings on the property which were used for slave staff who worked for the Waldo family.

The home was donated to the City of Clarksburg for use as a library by Mrs. May Goff Lowndes. With the advent of the new library in 1976 Waldomore became a depository of important papers and genealogical research center. The papers of UFO writer Gray Barker are housed here.

The home is also used for cultural events such as concerts. It houses antiques of the time period and pieces unique to West Virginia.

For tours contact the library staff.

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