History, arts and eclectic flare (plus many more characteristics) lend themselves to the undeniable charm and character of this unique town!

Perched on the banks overlooking the Potomac River, Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia. The first settlement was recorded in 1730. Thomas Shepherd obtained a land grant in 1734 and was soon followed by other settlers. The town was originally named Mecklenburg in 1762, but then later changed to Shepherdstown in honor of its founder.  

The town is historically noted for James Rumsey's invention of the steamboat in 1787. The Rumsey Monument commemorating this event can still be visited in Shepherdstown.

Shepherdstown is also centered in the Historic Civil War area.  Three miles northeast of Shepherdstown is Antietam Battlefield, where the bloodiest single day's battle of the Civil War was fought. Ten Miles to the southwest is Harpers Ferry, famous for the capture of John Brown. During the Civil War, Shepherdstown became an impromptu hospital for Robert E. Lee's retreating Confederate Army.

Today, Shepherdstown is filled with more than a dozen fine-dining and casual restaurants, unique locally-owned shops, a private golf course, an accommodating business environment and top-notch education as showcased by the town's beloved institution of Shepherd University.




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