As West Virginia’s most aged town, historic Shepherdstown is huddled in the lower Shenandoah Valley. As an authentic brew of wonderful history and contemporary fascinations, the town has been finely secured and preserved. As many were built prior to the Revolutionary War, Shepherdstown’s buildings portray great historic value.
The town even has its very own monument (The Rumsey Monument) that views the Potomac River and honors James Rumsey: the first man to pilot a steam powered vessel and was a famous colleague of George Washington. One may venture through the town and stop by the Shepherdstown Museum, located at the Entler Hotel, to venture through the town’s history and glimpse at a replica of James Rumsey’s steamboat.
The battle of Shepherdstown, the most significant Civil War battle fought in what is now West Virginia, occurred at the ford across the Potomac known as Packhorse Ford, which is 1 mile downstream from Shepherdstown. Nearby to Shepherdstown you can visit Civil War sites at Harpers Ferry or Antietam, hike or bike the C&O Canal path, and enjoy rafting, tubing, or kayaking on the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.
Dining & Entertainment
One may saunter German St. filled with more than a dozen fine dining and casual restaurants, unique locally-owned shops offering everything from baby clothes to local arts and crafts, and an independent movie theater. You're sure to find the perfect spot to hang out, eat, and shop.