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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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Since the 1960s, Shepherdstown has seen a renaissance, keeping an historic look but bustling with activity and visitors. The small downtown commercial district houses trendy shops and galleries, a small independent movie theater, and a wide range of restaurants from casual to ethnic to gourmet. Shepherd University, formerly a state teachers’ college, is home to the Contemporary American Theater Festival held every summer to showcase modern play premieres. Music, arts and crafts, and film festivals, along with other cultural events, are held throughout the year and fill the charming B&Bs, inns and hotels in town. Hiking and biking on the C&O Canal towpath provides an up-close scenic view of cliffs, caves and the Potomac River.

Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia, chartered in 1762 by the Virginia Assembly as Mecklenburg. Thomas Shepherd was the sole trustee and the town was renamed Shepherd’s Town in his honor in 1798 and became Shepherdstown after the Civil War. The clay soil in the area was conducive to brickmaking, and many of the homes and buildings in Shepherdstown bear the bricks of the 1790s.

During the Revolutionary War the town flourished as a commercial center growing to 1000 residents. The oldest free school house in the state was built here in 1848. Shepherdstown served as an open-air hospital during the Civil War after the Battle of Antietam just across the Potomac River. Elmwood Cemetery, on the southwest side of town, is the burial spot for more than 300 Confederate soldiers. The Battle of Shepherdstown in 1862 was the last battle of the Maryland campaign, the turning point of the Civil War.

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