Waldomore is located in the heart of downtown Clarksburg, West Virginia. The structure began as a family home for Clarksburg resident Waldo P. Goff, but later evolved into a very well-known local landmark. Since its construction, Waldomore has been known as a historic site and gathering place for the residents of Harrison County, as well as visitors from all over the state. The name of this popular landmark for the City of Clarksburg was derived by combining the names of the original owners, Waldo P. Goff, and his wife Harriet Moore. Today Waldomore is a part of the library complex.
The original structure of Waldomore was built in 1842 by
Clarksburg resident, businessman, and leader Waldo P. Goff and his wife Harriet
Moore Goff. The home was meant to serve as a family residence for the
couple and their nine children. Located on four acres of land on West Pike
Street and North 4th Street, the home is considered a two-story Neo-Classical
Revival brick mansion with two stories and multiple rooms. During the Goff’s
ownership, the home underwent one renovation. This renovation took place in the
early 1900s and created more space for the family.
In 1931 the Goff’s daughter, May Goff Lowndes, gave the home to
the City of Clarksburg to serve as the city’s public library. During the 1930s
the city renovated the home again by removing walls on the main floor to make
the space larger for the library. This was also when the name “Waldomore” was
developed. May Goff Lowndes decided to use a combination of her father's first
name and her mother's maiden name as a way to honor them and their
ownership of the home.
Waldomore served as the public library until 1976. During this
time the city built a larger structure next door to Waldomore to serve as the main
city library. They kept Waldomore for private events and as the home of the
West Virginia collection of the library. Two years later, in October of 1978, Waldomore
was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, Waldomore continues to serve as a public meeting and
event space on the first floor and the home of the West Virginia
collection of the library, and the Gray Barker UFO Collection on the
second. The front room of the home features a bronze plaque placed in memory of
May Goff Lowndes, her family, and her family home. Visitors can view this
plaque, explore the home's decor, meet with Waldomore staff to learn more
about the history of the structure, and meet with the special collections
librarian to learn more about the West Virginia collection. However, the
Clarksburg Public Library has put in place specific guidelines for events that
must be followed so it would be best for visitors to contact the library before
visiting. Thanks to these guidelines, the great preservation by the
City of Clarksburg, and the home’s deep historical value, Waldomore
will remain part of the city’s history.