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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Charles Town in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Explore the Washington Heritage Trail / Afoot in Historic Charles Town

 
 
Explore the Washington Heritage Trail side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 21, 2021
1. Explore the Washington Heritage Trail side of the marker
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Explore the Washington Heritage Trail
George Washington knew the portion of the Shenandoah Valley that forms West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle well. The Washington Heritage Trail lets you drive the scenic backroads that join Charles Town to Bath, the popular 18th century resort town now called Berkeley Springs. The scenery and historic homes along the byway show you what the First President saw the many times he rode horseback on his way west to take the waters.

Follow the blue and white byway signs to wind your way through Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan counties. Allow 6-8 hours driving time if you want to explore the entire 138-mile circuit. The way is well marked. These colonial-era roads, now paved, meander through fertile farmlands and mountain forests.

Afoot in Historic Charles Town
The history of Charles Town is best explored by taking a walk. On these streets you can see sites that go back to the founding years of the Republic, as well as many homes that weathered the tumult of John Brown and the Civil War.
Walking tour pamplets are free at the Charles Town Visitors Center across the street.
Afoot in Historic Charles Town side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 21, 2021
2. Afoot in Historic Charles Town side of the marker
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRColonial EraRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the West Virginia, Washington Heritage Trail series lists.
 
Location. 39° 17.362′ N, 77° 51.603′ W. Marker is in Charles Town, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of George Street and Washington Street on George Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charles Town WV 25414, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Washington's Town (here, next to this marker); Two Treason Trials (here, next to this marker); Colonel Charles Washington (a few steps from this marker); Martin R. Delany (a few steps from this marker); The Trial of John Brown (a few steps from this marker); Charles Washington Hall (a few steps from this marker); New Central Restaurant (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson County World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charles Town.
 
Explore the Washington Heritage Trail / Afoot in Historic Charles Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 30, 2017
3. Explore the Washington Heritage Trail / Afoot in Historic Charles Town Marker
Explore the Washington Heritage Trail / Afoot in Historic Charles Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 30, 2017
4. Explore the Washington Heritage Trail / Afoot in Historic Charles Town Marker
Episcopal Lecture Room image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 19, 2017
5. Episcopal Lecture Room
Located at the northeast corner of Liberty and Lawrence Streets, the Episcopal Lecture Room was built between 1833 and 1839 and was originally used as a church. During the John Brown trial, John Wilkes Booth entertained townspeople with dramatic readings in this building.
The Riddle-Murphy Hunter House image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 19, 2017
6. The Riddle-Murphy Hunter House
The Riddle-Murphy Hunter House (1858). Located at 534 South Samuel Street, the house was on the farm where John Brown was hanged in 1859 and some residents viewed the execution from the home.
The Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 19, 2017
7. The Presbyterian Church
Built in 1851 and located at 220 East Washington Street, the Presbyterian Church served as a hospital for both Union and Confederate troops and thus became the only church in town not damaged by the Civil War.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,402 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 21, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4. submitted on May 16, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5, 6, 7. submitted on April 9, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.

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