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Jefferson County, WV
About Jefferson County
Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Jefferson Rock
Shenandoah Canal
Entler Hotel
Rumsey Monument and Tobacco Warehouse
Morgan's Grove Park
Peter Burr House
Charles Town
Jefferson County Courthouse and Museum
Zion Episcopal Church
Happy Retreat
St. George's Chapel Ruins
Cedar Lawn
Claymont Court/Blakeley
Middleway Historic District
Berkeley County, WV
About Berkeley County
B&O Roundhouse & Station Complex
Belle Boyd House
Berkeley County Courthouse
Triple Brick Museum
General Adam Stephen House
Green Hill Cemetery
Van Metre Ford Bridge
Bunker Hill Mill
Morgan Chapel
Morgan Cabin
Gerrardstown Historic District
Hays Gerrard House
Mill's Gap
Sleep Creek Wildlife Management Area
Hedgesville Historic District
Mt. Zion Episcopal Church
Snodgrass Tavern
Morgan County, WV
About Morgan County
Spruce Pine Hollow Park
Berkeley Springs
Dutch Cemetery
Throgmorton's Inn
Bath Historic District
Berkeley Springs State Park
George Washington's Bathtub
Roman Bath House & Museum of the Berkeley Springs
Washington's Lots
Sir John's Run
Panorama Overlook
Great Cacapon
Camp Hill Cemetery
Paw Paw
Paw Paw Tunnel
Coolfont Manor House
Cacapon State Park

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Charles Town

Charles Town was founded in 1786 by George Washington’s brother, Charles. The Washington legacy is most visible at Zion Episcopal Church cemetery where more than 70 family members are buried and at Happy Retreat, Charles Washington’s home. Charles named the streets after family members and reserved the four main corners in the heart of town as public space. They remain so today anchored by the Greek Revival Jefferson County Courthouse with its four-faced clock tower, setting for two of America’s three pre-World War II treason trials.

African-American history is notable in Charles Town, highlighted by the restored Fisherman’s Hall and in the tributes to Martin Delany. Born in Charles Town, Delany was a physician, author and Major in the U.S. Colored troops, the only African-American Civil War officer to be given a field command.

Built on the site of John Brown’s jail, the Charles Town Post Office achieved its own place in history as launch site for the first rural free delivery in 1896.

The limestone underpinnings of the town are riddled with caves and an underground lake.

History provided Charles Town with tree-lined streets bordered by historic homes, many of them grand. Recent cityscape efforts have burnished the image of this walkable town now filled with dining and shopping. Entertainment includes community theater at the Old Opera House and thoroughbred races and gaming at Charles Town Races and Slots.

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