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Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

In Honor of James Rumsey

 
 
James Rumsey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
1. James Rumsey Marker
Inscription. Inventor of the Steamboat who in October, A.D. 1783, on the Potomac River near the mouth of Sir John's Run made the first successful application of steam to the practical purpose of navigation and who on December 3rd, 1787, made a further successful demonstration on the Potomac River at Shepherdstown, Virginia about three hundred yards above this site.

Erected by the State of West Virginia under the auspices of the Rumseyan Society, A.D. 1915
 
Erected by State of West Virginia / Rumseyan Society.
 
Location. 39° 25.972′ N, 77° 47.923′ W. Marker is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Rumsey Monument Road, on the right. Touch for map. Located in Rumsey Monument Park, overlooking the Potomac River. Marker is in this post office area: Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blackford's Ford (approx. mile away in Maryland); Shepherdstown (approx. mile away in Maryland); Lutheran Graveyard (approx. 0.3 miles away); A View into the Past (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland); Reformed Graveyard
East Facing Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
2. East Facing Side of Monument
A relief depicting Rumsey's steamboat crossing the Patomac.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); River Crossing (approx. 0.3 miles away); The James Rumsey Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Shepherdstown (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
 
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The Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
3. The Monument
The monument itself is a Greek column with a globe on top.
Rumsey's Demonstration image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
4. Rumsey's Demonstration
Looking upriver at the present day Rumsey Bridge, based on the description on the marker, the site of the demonstration was in the vicinity of the old bridge pilings.
The Monument as Seen from the Rumsey Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
5. The Monument as Seen from the Rumsey Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,472 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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