Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Blending the past and the present....
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Education • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1762.
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 / MarylandWaterfront Commerce and the Mecklenburg Warehouse (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.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 5. submitted on March 14, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.