The Reymann Memorial Farm, located near Wardensville in the Cacapon Valley in Hardy County, is the largest of several experimental farms operated by West Virginia University. The property was donated as two separate farms in 1917 by members of the Reymann family, prominent Wheeling brewers and businessmen. It remains today as two separate tracts under joint management. The farm is operated by the Division of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences.
The memorial farm established an excellent cattle herd early in its history, and continues the tradition of animal husbandry today. In 2004, there were more than 150 cattle on the 996-acre farm, as well as 75 sheep, more than 1,500 turkeys, and more than 2,000 chickens. Among other structures, the farm had a large cattle barn, large cattle performance barn, and a large poultry building. Although located at a distance from Morgantown, Reymann is used as a laboratory for several courses taught at the university’s Division of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. The farm is used as well for faculty and graduate student research. In 2004, research was under way at Reymann in both animal and crop sciences, and in practical farm management. The farm is the site of a facility supporting research of aquaculture or fish farming.
West Virginia University has six other farm properties, located in Monongalia, Preston, Jefferson, and Monroe counties, and two experimental forests, in Monongalia-Preston and Randolph counties.