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

Belle Vue

1773

 
 
Belle Vue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karrie Donbergs, November 15, 2013
1. Belle Vue Marker
Inscription.
Built by Col. Joseph Van Swearingen
American Revolutionary Soldier
Visited by Lafayette, George Washington, Henry Clay and Wm. J. Bryan
Home of Henry Shepherd V. Descendant of Shepherdtown's founder
 
Erected 2012 by National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, Sir George Calvert Chapter, Maryland.
 
Location. 39° 26.364′ N, 77° 48.277′ W. Marker is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Katie Lane 0.1 miles east of Shepherd Grade Road. Touch for map. 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. Shepherdstown (approx. mile away); The James Rumsey Bridge (approx. mile away); River Crossing (approx. mile away); A View into the Past (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland); a different marker also named Shepherdstown (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland); Blackford's Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland); Ferry Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away in Maryland); Ferry Hill Place (approx. 0.4 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
 
Regarding Belle Vue. The Van Swearingen-Shepherd
Belle Vue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karrie Donbergs, November 15, 2013
2. Belle Vue Marker
Marker is just to the right of the entrance.
House, also known as Bellevue, is a Colonial Revival mansion in Shepherdstown, West Virginia that is home to the descendants of Captain Thomas Shepherd, founder of Shepherdstown. The house, situated on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River, was built in 1773 by Thomas Van Swearingen as a single-story stone house. His son, also named Thomas Van Swearingen, was a US Representative. The Shepherd family acquired the house in 1900, when Henry Shepherd III bought the house as a wedding present for his bride Minnie Reinhart, whose grandfather was Thomas Van Swearingen. That year, the Shepherds gave a dinner party on the lawn for William Jennings Bryan during his second presidential campaign. The house remains in the hands of the Shepherd family. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
Additional keywords. NRHP Van Swearingen – Shepherd House
 
Categories. Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismSettlements & Settlers
 
Belle Vue image. Click for full size.
By Karrie Donbergs, November 15, 2013
3. Belle Vue
Belle Vue image. Click for full size.
By Karrie Donbergs, November 15, 2013
4. Belle Vue
Belle Vue image. Click for full size.
By Karrie Donbergs, November 15, 2013
5. Belle Vue
The Van Swearingen-Shepherd house, situated on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River.
Belle Vue image. Click for full size.
By Karrie Donbergs, November 15, 2013
6. Belle Vue
View east from Shepherd Grade Road towards Belle Vue.
 
 
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