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Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Shepherdstown

Blending the past and the present....

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2019
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Inscription.  Shepherdstown, the oldest town in what is now West Virginia was incorporated as Mecklenburg in 1762, but was renamed Shepherd's Town in 1798 in honor of its founder Thomas Shepherd. From the French and Indian War to the Civil War the town has been at the epicenter of American History. Shepherdstown was the jumping off point for the Bee Line march, the first large contingent of southern volunteers to hike overland in record time to reinforce George Washingto's fledgling Continental Army around Boston.

The town's claim to be the birthplace of the steamboat is based upon the invention of a self propelled boat by James Rumsey, who demonstrated the boat before town residents in 1787. George Washington appointed Rumsey to be the first superintendent of the Potomac Company formed in 1785 to build a bypass canal at the Great Falls of the Potomac.

While Shepherdstown was not directly involved with the 1862 battle of Antietam, less than five miles away, the town became an impromptu hospital for General Robert E. Lee's retreating army of Northern Virginia.

Today, Shepherdstown is a vibrant college town situated on high bluffs
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2019
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overlooking the Potomac river. The town is protective of its past, as the whole town is a historic district. The streets and parks of the town reflect its history and its appealing architecture and colonial look inspires both residents and visitors. In combining the past with the present, Shepherdstown maintains a cosmopolitan atmosphere where restaurants, hand made arts and crafts, theatre festivals, outdoor recreational shops, coffee bars and natural food shops welcome one and all.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 39° 26.141′ N, 77° 48.226′ W. Marker is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on North King Street (Route 480) 0.3 miles east of Shepherd Grade Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: North King Street, Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Shepherdstown (within shouting distance of this marker); The James Rumsey Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); River Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson County / Maryland (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waterfront Commerce and the Mecklenburg Warehouse
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2019
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(about 700 feet away); Shepherd College / Shepherdstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Shepherdstown (approx. 0.2 miles away in Maryland); Blackford's Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
 
Categories. Colonial EraEducationIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWar, French and IndianWar, US CivilWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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